Aberdeen City Council has taken delivery of 214 Renault Pro+ commercial vehicles - the first time that the council has added Renault vehicles to its fleet.
Following a 12-month assessment programme that saw the council undertake extended vehicle trials and compare Renault Pro+ commercial vehicles to rivals, the authority ordered 55 Renault Master Panel Vans, 83 Renault Master conversions, 43 Renault Trafic Panel Vans, 29 Renault Kangoo Panel Vans, three pure-electric Renault Kangoo Z.E Panel Vans and one Renault Trafic Passenger Van.
It is the first time that Aberdeen City Council has chosen Renault vehicles for its fleet operation, the order now accounting for nearly half of its commercial vehicle fleet and replacing similar vehicles from a variety of other brands.
They will be used by several different divisions, including roads, grounds, building and IT, to conduct vital works in an eight-mile radius of Aberdeen’s centre.
Notably, the trio of pure electric Renault Kangoo Z.E. will be used by council staff to carry out repairs and servicing to parking meters in the heart of the city, their ease of use in urban traffic and minimal environmental impact making them ideal for the role.
Aberdeen City Council’s decision to choose Renault was influenced by driver feedback, after sales support, and the Renault Pro+ model range. The variety of the line-up, including an all-electric compact van and off-the-shelf factory conversions, also enabled Aberdeen City Council to meet all its vehicle requirements with one manufacturer.
The Euro 6d conformity of all Renault Pro+ vehicles also ensured the council could reduce the carbon footprint of its fleet, while having no effect on the usefulness of its vehicles.
In time, Aberdeen City Council aims to make the transition to an all-electric fleet, with it set to determine the suitability of pure electric power for its large vans with the additional order of two Renault Master ZE vans.
Aberdeen City Council transport spokesperson Councillor Sandra Macdonald said: “The requirements for upgrading our fleet have been extensively reviewed, ensuring our new vehicles are fit for purpose and as efficient as possible.
“While the Renault order met our budget requirements, our choice was heavily influenced by the quality of the product and the comprehensive after sales support, which means any downtime is kept to an absolute minimum and ensures we continue our essential works with all the equipment we need.
“Feedback has been excellent, our drivers particularly rating the ride, comfort and handling of the vehicles on the road. We are looking to introduce more Renault Pro+ commercial vehicles to the fleet in 2020 as we work to replace older, less efficient vehicles.”
The vehicles have been supplied through Specialist Cars Renault in Aberdeen. The dealership will also provide after sales support, with Aberdeen City Council benefiting from the availability of mobile technicians, replacement vehicles if any are off the road for more than 24 hours and a guaranteed slot in the workshop within three hours of an issue being identified.
The council also benefits from the standard three-year/100,000-mile warranty that all Renault Pro+ commercial vehicles are supplied with.
Of the Renault Master conversions, 74 were ‘off-the-shelf’. The factory build of the 55 Double Cab Tippers and 19 Dropsiders aided the efficient delivery of the order, with only minor additions required, such as extra lighting, storage cages, and ply lining, added by Arnold Clark bodybuilders before the vehicles were pressed into service.
The Renault LCVs are also the first of Aberdeen City Council’s fleet to be fitted with the Michelin Tyre Pressure Management System (TPMS), which ensures they are always running on tyres inflated to the optimum pressure for enhanced safety and efficiency.
The other additional safety feature being fitted to vehicles is the VWS (Vehicle Weighing Solutions) VOPS TM2 on-board weighing system, which will prevent vehicle over loading.
Vincent Tourette, managing director of Groupe Renault UK, said: “Aberdeen City Council’s order reaffirms how versatile the Renault Pro+ range is and the brand’s continual investment in providing commercial vehicle users with the very best products.
“We are especially pleased that the breadth of the Renault Pro+ line-up has allowed the Council to find a suitable vehicle for very differing roles and that our LCVs were received so well during what was a very intensive trial and tender process.
“Additionally, it’s very rewarding to know our brand is playing a key role in the Council’s drive to upgrade to a more usable and efficient fleet at a time when the authority’s efforts to do so have been officially recognised as being exceptional.”