Aberdeen City Council has taken delivery of 214 Renault Pro+ commercial vehicles, which replace older vehicles and mark the first time the council has deployed Renault vehicles.
The vehicles – which account for nearly half of the council’s fleet – have been ordered following a 12-month assessment programme and were chosen on the back of their quality and after sales programme, along with driver feedback.
The order spans the entire Renault Pro+ range, covering 55 Master Panel Vans, 83 Master conversions, 43 Trafic panel vans, 29 Kangoo panel vans, three Kangoo Z.E panel vans and one Trafic passenger van.
The vehicles 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, with the trio of Kangoo Z.E. fully electric vans to be used in the heart of the city. Two additional Master Z.E. vans will also be used to determine the suitability of going fully electric on its large 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.”