site electrical opts for volkswagen commercial vehicles
Feb 2, 2006
Site Electrical has chosen Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles as its new fleet supplier. The Manchester-based mechanical and electrical engineering company has purchased 27 Volkswagen vans to replace its aging fleet of Mercedes-Benz vehicles.
Operating nationally, Site Electrical provides mechanical and electrical services to the Water Utility industry – everything from new installations to a 24/7 rapid response maintenance service for sewage/waste water pumping stations. Other customers include landfill companies, airports and ports.
The new fleet is made up of Volkswagen LT and Transporter vans in different guises, including a Transporter drop-side pick-up and a variety of panel vans. All of the vans are powered by proven Volkswagen diesel engines – the Transporters have a 1.9-litre 85 PS power unit and the LTs a 2.5-litre 95 PS unit.
Before opting for the Volkswagen LT and Transporter vans, Site Electrical went through a rigorous evaluation process. Tom Murphy, Site Electrical’s Managing Director, explains: ‘I made the final decision after we carefully researched the market. We looked at everything from initial purchase costs and residual values, to operational costs such as warranties, service intervals and fuel consumption, and Volkswagen came out in front.’
The vans are primarily used by electricians and fitters, and carry a large assortment of equipment including gas detectors, safety harnesses, ropes, tripods and winches, and in some cases breathing apparatus.
Tom Murphy explained: ‘The Transporter vans have been particularly well received by our engineers due to having excellent driving capabilities, 25 per cent more load space and a longer load platform than the Vitos they’ve replaced.’
The vans were specially prepared for Site Electrical, having been ply-lined and fitted out with the following: a timber bulkhead; a stainless steel sink with hot water storage; roof bars with roller; hazard beacons; tow bar; rear proximity sensors; van vault tool safe; satellite navigation and an alarm with load area infrasonics. Furthermore, vans used by the company’s mechanical engineers have a 500kg mini-hydraulic crane installed inside the load area for lifting heavy items in and out of the van.
The Volkswagen Van Centre in Manchester – part of a national network of almost ninety dedicated van centres – supplied Site Electrical with their vans.
For further information on Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles award-winning range of vans or to find your nearest Volkswagen Van Centre call 0800 717131 or visit