The Environment Agency (EA) has bought 31 Citroën Berlingo Enterprise vans as part of its commitment to reduce the carbon footprint of its LCV fleet.
Graham Patrickson, fleet operations manager at the Environment Agency, said: "This latest purchase of Berlingo vans is part of the EA’s continuing drive to reduce the carbon footprint of its LCV fleet, while reducing costs and raising operational efficiency.
"Not only meeting, but exceeding our green targets is at the forefront in all our vehicle selection processes - and the Berlingo Enterprise has all the green credentials required by the EA."
The Environment Agency - an agency within the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) - is allocating its 31 Berlingo vans to staff involved in flood defence and maintenance work, as well as to specialists carrying out environmental management monitoring. To meet individual user requirements, the Environment Agency has worked with racking specialist Bri-Stor to develop a number of internal racking layouts and equipment specifications.
Bri-Stor is fitting the Berlingos with its latest high tensile steel racking (which is up to 45% lighter than the system previously supplied to the Environment Agency), white polycarbonate load area lining and roof light bars, while the users get a choice of options, including hand wash units, tow bars, ladder racks, inverters and roof vents.
Supplied through Springfield Citroën of Newcastle-upon-Tyne, the well-equipped Berlingo Enterprise vans come with air conditioning, Bluetooth and rear park sensors as standard and have Citroën’s Trafficmaster package, which includes Smartnav satellite navigation and Trackstar stolen vehicle tracking. The EA will operate its Berlingo vans for a minimum of five years, with the maintenance outsourced to Hitachi Capital.