British Gas is to become one of the first major UK companies to deploy Michelin Agilis CrossClimate tyres across its entire van fleet after trials demonstrated their effectiveness.
The business was one of a handful of major European fleets to trial Agilis CrossClimate tyres ahead of their official entry into the van market in May 2018 and already has a CrossClimate+ policy in place for its near-10,000 car-derived vans. It will now fit the tyres on its 1,500 Ford Transit Customs and 700 Vauxhall Vivaros as well.
The Agilis CrossClimate summer tyre offers winter capabilities to bring claimed safety in all weather conditions along with long-lasting performance – this means that fleets don’t have to juggle with using seasonal fitments.
A spokesperson for British Gas said: “Based on experiences to-date, the Agilis CrossClimate performs as well as the car version – and we’ve had great results from that on our small vans. Our fleet travels a total of 100 million miles per year, so tyres that last and offer mobility in all road conditions are crucial to our needs.”
Although traditional winter tyres typically have a shorter life than their summer counterparts, Michelin says its own testing has revealed the Agilis CrossClimate is as long lasting as the Agilis+ summer van tyre.
Jonathan Layton, Michelin’s head of fleet in the UK and Ireland, commented: “In the past, fleet managers have simply accepted that winter tyres wear faster, but with the Agilis CrossClimate that won’t be the case at all. And that’s what makes it so exceptional. It really is the obvious choice for van fleets.”