National Grid has taken delivery of 80 Ford Fiesta Edge ECOnetic models.
The Ford Fiesta models offer combined fuel consumption of 78.5mpg and 95g/km CO2 emissions. They will be driven by the 2011 recruits to the National Grid's engineering training programmes which combine academic study with on- and off-the-job instruction.
"Our 'user-chooser' company car scheme was not appropriate for such a large number of new, young engineers," said fleet operations manager David Morse, "Ford was successful in the tender process and the Fiesta ECOnetic fitted the bill perfectly."
The new Ford Fiestas have been supplied through Ford dealer GK Group of Chesterfield and National Grid's fleet management company Inchcape. The Ford Fiestas will be used by the trainees to travel between university and college and the National Grid training centre at Eakring, near Newark, Nottinghamshire. The cars will also be used to travel to a number of sites across the UK for the trainee's field experience. All models have been specified with optional Quickclear front windscreens and Bluetooth connectivity.
Stephen Gafson, Ford direct sales business manager, said: "This was a very competitive tender and one which Ford is delighted to have won. The Fiesta Edge ECOnetic is a perfect choice for the job."
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