The multi award-winning Volvo XC40 has been chosen by Highways England to play its part in keeping England’s motorways and major ‘A’ roads moving. The government company has invested in 41 vehicles that will form part of its vehicle fleet. They will be used to assess the standards and integrity of the country’s motorways and major ‘A’ roads – travelling thousands of miles a year.
The XC40’s safety features, confident terrain clearance and road presence were notable reasons for its selection by Highways England, which came after Volvo Car UK renewed its status as a supplier on the Crown Commercial Services vehicle purchase framework agreement.
Nick Harris, The Executive Director of Operations at Highways England explains why the XC40 was chosen:
“Keeping our roads safe, well maintained and providing a better driving experience for road users are important aspects of the day-to-day operation of our roads – contributing to our key imperatives of safety, customer service, and delivery.
“It is important that vehicles we use are cost-effective, reliable and versatile – the Volvo XC40 will be a valuable addition to our fleet.”
The five-star Euro NCAP safety rating wasn’t the only draw. The Whole Life Costs of the XC40 appealed to Highways England too. The quality of build and technology, including the Sensus navigation and Volvo On Call app, meant only minor modifications to the off-the-production line model were needed for the government agency to put the XC40 into service. Fewer modifications mean a higher re-sale value and represent lower Whole Life Costs.
The Volvo Car UK Special Vehicles division, which secured the contract, has over 50 years' experience developing purpose-built vehicles for customers with special requirements including police, fire, ambulance paramedic and rapid response cars. It worked with Volvo’s preferred vehicle installation and conversion partner, Jack Hodson Limited, to make the necessary changes to the XC40 fleet for Highways England, including adding a rear bulk-head to increase storage capacity, as well as an amber light bar and livery.
Run-lock technology was also fitted so that inspectors can leave the engine running with the amber lights flashing while the vehicle is locked. This ensures visibility and safety at the side of the road without the vehicle being at risk of theft.
The exceptional value of the Volvo XC40 service and maintenance package also convinced Highways England that its aftersales needs could be met across its entire geographical network, while its efficiency means it meets the government agency’s emissions targets.
Matt Galvin, Sales Director, Volvo Car UK, adds: “Already popular with commercial fleets across the country, the XC40 can now offer its huge array of benefits to government agency employees. Highways England works diligently to keep motorists on the move and we are proud that this fleet of XC40s will keep its inspectors mobile as they tackle tough work in often challenging conditions.”
For more information on the Volvo XC40, and to use the online configurator, please go to www.volvocars.co.uk/xc40
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Pictured left to right: Nick Harris, The Executive Director of Operations at Highways England and Matt Galvin, Sales Director, Volvo Car UK