New hybrid welfare vans join Reflex Vehicle Hire fleet
The latest green machines to join the Reflex Vehicle Hire fleet are four hybrid welfare vans, which have already gone straight into service to be used by our customers
Four new additions to the Reflex fleet are helping to reduce emissions and protect employees while at work.
The new welfare vans have already been put to work with customers, who will benefit from a range of innovations in our latest offering.
The welfare van is based on the robust Ford Transit 350 L3 H3 Trend Mild Hybrid, which has an ultra-clean 2.0-litre EcoBlue diesel engine that uses the latest Euro 6 technology. The drivetrain is supported by a 48-volt mild hybrid system to optimise and enhance fuel efficiency.
The standard alternator is replaced with a belt-driven starter/generator that provides additional power while the vehicle is moving to reduce fuel use, particularly when accelerating.
During braking, potential energy that would have been wasted is used to recharge the 48-volt lithium-ion air-cooled battery pack.
The EcoBlue Hybrid welfare van is also fitted with stop/start technology, so the engine can automatically shut down and restart while stationary or while coasting to a stop.
Each welfare van, which can seat seven crew including the driver, features a kitchen with cleaning facilities, including a sink so employees can wash their hands regularly to protect them from COVID-19.
There is also a microwave, a crew area, storage, water heater, electrical system with plugs and USB charging ports along with a built-in toilet.