System Edström has handed over the first electric van fully equipped with System Edström racking to TrustFord Mobile Service. The company’s Commercial Director, David Sawford, handed the keys to TrustFord’s Wayne Bryant, who will use the van in his day-to-day role, on Wednesday 7 June.
The van, which will be used in the Heathrow area of Greater London, was delivered to TrustFord’s centre in Hayes. It is the first fully electric van on the service fleet and has been kitted out to allow Wayne to carry out all the aspects of his role, servicing vehicles for customers at a location convenient for them.
TrustFord chose to work with System Edström because of the company’s expertise in providing complete racking and power solutions for electric vehicles. James Bacon, Head of Mobile Service at TrustFord, said: “We have a great working partnership with System Edström and the product is exactly what we need. It was important we worked with a partner who understands the needs of our Aftersales technicians while they are on the road.”
One of the main challenges faced in equipping an electric van to the demanding standards TrustFord requires was keeping the weight down. “We needed to make sure that the weight of the vehicle and all the equipment required for us to effectively operate it made it a seamless and enjoyable experience for the technicians using it,” added James.
The van is the first step in TrustFord’s commitment to moving to battery electric vehicles. The company is excited with the new Ford offers and as the market leader in mobile service vans for Ford customers, with national coverage in the UK, were keen to pioneer an all-electric Transit in its fleet.
James continued: “It is early days and the feedback from those experiencing this vehicle will be key to scoping out our next steps, but we are excited about the opportunities this will bring. Many of TrustFord’s sites are centred in major UK cities and the link to helping the environment through a bigger fleet of all electric mobile service vehicles in built up areas and beyond is clear.”
David Sawford said: “We are delighted to continue working with TrustFord on this project and our continuing collaboration on even more electric vehicles in the future. This exciting project will involve us installing our racking solutions in more electric vans, allowing TrustFord’s mobile engineers to service customer vehicles in a more sustainable way.
“With the share of electric vehicles in fleets set to grow over the next few years, operators need a van racking supplier that they can trust to install storage and power supply solutions in their fleets. At System Edström, we have invested in our team to ensure that they have the necessary expertise and qualifications to work on electric vehicles. This means that our customers can relax in the knowledge that their systems will be installed safely and securely.”