National Grid has renewed its fleet management contract with Rivus until 2030.
The agreement has been expanded to include accident management and onsite mobile repair.
Rivus has been providing fleet management services to National Grid since 2006 and now the two companies will work together more closely.
As one of the world's largest publicly listed utilities, National Grid operates a fleet of more than 2,000 vehicles, comprising of LCVs, HGVs, trailers and plant.
Lorna McAtear, fleet manager at National Grid, said: “It is important for us to partner with a fleet management provider that can help us achieve National Grid’s ambition to move to an all-electric fleet. As Rivus can service and maintain our fleet through its in-house network, of which 70% already has capacity for EV, that’s real added value for us to support achieving our aims.”
The renewed contract will see the National Grid team accessing a full suite of fleet management services through Rivus as a single provider. For the first time it will incorporate accident management and vehicle build, as well as Rivus mobile technicians delivering in-house service, repair and maintenance (SMR), rather than using a third party.
David Myers, chief executive officer at Rivus, said: “We have built a close working relationship with the National Grid team, and we are so pleased and grateful that they continue to trust Rivus to support them with all their critical fleet needs backed by our unique garage network.
“We’re also pleased to be expanding our services with the inclusion of accident management and vehicle build. Another advantage of Rivus is that we can leverage our technical experts to reduce cost and waste by tailoring solutions to meet the National Grid’s specific conversion requirements.”
A key element of the new contract is to provide flexible SMR services by leveraging the Rivus mobile network to minimise VOR while providing greater flexibility and choice of how vehicles are maintained.
Myers added: “Our mobile remote maintenance teams will be working directly on National Grid substations. Members of the Rivus team are undertaking specialist Person Training, which enables our technicians to safely work unsupervised on National Grid sites. This offers enhanced health and safety benefits for security, protection and compliance as well as added convenience.”
Picture caption: Front centre: David Myers (Rivus) and Lorna McAtear (NG) shaking hands. L-R back row: Eamonn Brennan (NG), Lara Bailey (Rivus), Dave Jones (Rivus), Ian Walker (NG), Jamie Maddison (NG) Nicola Carter (Rivus), Blair Macleod (NG).