Mitsubishi Electric expands delivery fleet to cope with Ecodan growth

Mitsubishi Electric has begun operating a new fleet of delivery vehicles to cope with increasing demand for its energy saving Ecodan® air source heat pump.

Six new Renault trucks join the existing DAF-LF hybrid vehicle to speed delivery of the market leading brand to renewable heating installers around the country.

The three 7.5 tonne and three 18 tonne trucks are all decked out in the distinctive Ecodan branding to help promote the heat pump’s energy saving and low carbon credentials.

Graham Temple, Marketing Manager for the company’s heating systems division explains:

“Now that the Government’s plans for the domestic Renewable Heat Incentive have been announced, we are seeing a real growth in demand, this expansion of our fleet will allow us to ensure we can get our heat pumps out to our installers, especially in off-gas areas, where we are seeing significant interest.”

Ecodan has led the emerging market in renewable heating market for over four years because of its performance, ease of installation and use, reliability, and the comprehensive technical support offered by the company. It also remains the only air source heat pump to be endorsed by the Noise Abatement Society with its prestigious Quiet Mark.

The popular 8.5kW Ecodan unit and a specially-designed hot water cylinder are manufactured at the Mitsubishi Electric plant in Livingston, Scotland and production is also being increased as sales grow.

The fleet is operated by logistics specialist Norbert Dentressangle on behalf of Mitsubishi Electric and delivers the heat pumps to installers right across the nation. Mitsubishi Electric has recently gained Associate Membership of the Fleet Operator Recognition Scheme (FORS), a voluntary scheme in London for fleet operators and their associates. Norbert Dentressangle is also accredited under this scheme.

Its purpose is to raise the level of quality within fleet operations, and to demonstrate which operators are accomplishing its high standards. The funded, voluntary scheme aims at ensuring that fleet operators work lawfully and to best practice by meeting the FORS standard.

Mitsubishi Electric has also invested in a purpose-built exhibition vehicle which is currently touring Britain to take the renewable message out to Housing Associations and social housing providers, and Temple is confident that the combination of the exhibition van and the new trucks will help raise awareness on the roads.

“We are starting to see a significant increase in interest in renewable heating, especially from people looking to switch from oil and LPG and these vehicles will also increase our presence in the market as more and more people see them travelling around the country,” he adds.