AO has upgraded its fleet with 130 new home delivery vans.

The online electrical shop has bought the vans from the commercial vehicle manufacturer Fraikin as part of an ongoing contract hire deal.

AO has asked its drivers for advice on how to improve the fleet due to the “integral element, the crews play in its leading delivery proposition.”

With input from drivers, the cabs for each van have also been constructed to a standard that will make the vehicles “the most premium and comfortable the fleet has ever seen.”

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The new 3.5-tonne Mercedes vans are being constructed by Bevan Group and are expected to be fully operational in November. They were specifically built on a sprinter suspension and chassis.

Wider seats, the most recent Apple and Android CarPlay capabilities, including sat nav and additional safety systems like auto collision avoidance, high wind adjustment, and lane assist will all be included in the upgraded vans.

AO Logistics managing director, David Ashwell said: “We’re thrilled to welcome these new vehicles to our fleet and continue our successful partnership with Fraikin,”

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“We currently have over 300,000 five-star reviews on Trustpilot which really is a testament to the amazing drivers and engineers who go above and beyond delivering brilliantly for our customers every day.

“These new vehicles are our way of thanking them for their outstanding service over the last two years and will hopefully make life on the road even more comfortable as well as easier for them.”

AO has invested in its delivery fleet for the second time this year.

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The company added 10 CNG-powered tractor units to its fleet in March in an effort to lessen its carbon footprint and boost sustainability across the board for its commercial vehicle fleet.

The two-person teams of the shop will utilise the new vans to deliver appliances to customers across the nation.

The vans will be outfitted in AO’s eye-catching green vinyl livery.

AO presently delivers to 98 percent of UK postcodes every day of the week from 18 neighbourhood depots.

Source: Retail Gazette

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