Openreach hooks up to 300% fuel improvement with compact van fleet 22 May 2015

BT’s infrastructure division Openreach is reporting emission savings of 65%, a threefold fuel performance boost and lifecycle savings of £1,000 a month per vehicle after introducing a range of light commercial vehicles for its compact cabling fleet.

Working with fleet management business BT Fleet, Openreach reviewed its fleet, looking at drivetrain, payload, racking, fuel efficiency, safety and driver ergonomics.

Following this, BT Fleet introduced 230-plus compact vans based on recycled LCVs, rather than traditional models built on a HGV chassis – with a lead time of three months, instead of nine.

Dave Edwards, national fleet manager at Openreach, says: "The new compact cabling model has revolutionised our approach and paid dividends.

"Vehicles now only need servicing annually, whereas the previous models were off the road four times a year... The move to LCVs has also increased flexibility as only a standard driving licence is required."

He adds: "Best of all, CO2 output from the vans was reduced by 65% – that's 1,200 tonnes. Mpg was also trebled and the in-life cost to us was reduced by a massive £1,000 per month per vehicle."

Laura Cork

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