Rivus renews fleet management partnership with National Grid

Award winning fleet solutions provider, Rivus, has extended its fleet management contract with National Grid, to include accident management and onsite mobile repair.

Rivus has been providing fleet management services to National Grid since 2006, being consistently appointed through competitive tenders over the last two decades. The latest contract award will see the fleet management partnership with National Grid extended until 2030.

One of the world’s largest publicly listed utilities, National Grid delivers electricity and gas safely, reliably and efficiently to the customers and communities it serves – all while working towards a clean energy future.

With a UK substantial fleet of over 2,000 vehicles, comprising of LCVs, HGVs, trailers and plant, National Grid plays a vital role in connecting millions of people to the energy they use, while continually seeking ways to make the energy system cleaner. Its extensive fleet is critical to its business operations.

The renewed contract will see the National Grid team accessing a full suite of fleet management services through Rivus as a single provider.  For the first time it will incorporate accident management and vehicle build, as well as Rivus mobile technicians delivering in-house service, repair and maintenance (SMR), rather than using a third party.

David Myers, Chief Executive Officer at Rivus, said: “We have built a close working relationship with the National Grid team, and we are so pleased and grateful that they continue to trust Rivus to support them with all their critical fleet needs backed by our unique garage network.

“We’re also pleased to be expanding our services with the inclusion of accident management and vehicle build. Another advantage of Rivus is that we can leverage our technical experts to reduce cost and waste by tailoring solutions to meet the National Grid’s specific conversion requirements.”

A key element of the new contract is to provide flexible SMR services by leveraging the Rivus mobile network to minimise VOR while providing greater flexibility and choice of how vehicles are maintained.

David Myers continues: “Our mobile remote maintenance teams will be working directly on National Grid substations. Members of the Rivus team are undertaking specialist Person Training, which enables our technicians to safely work unsupervised on National Grid sites. This offers enhanced health and safety benefits for security, protection and compliance as well as added convenience.”

National Grid has industry leading sustainability targets, with ambitions of becoming 100% net zero by 2030. Lorna McAtear, Fleet Manager at National Grid has been instrumental in developing their sustainability strategy. Having worked closely with Rivus and manufacturers such as Nissan to realise plans, she adds: “It is important for us to partner with a fleet management provider that can help us achieve National Grid’s ambition to move to an all-electric fleet. As Rivus can service and maintain our fleet through its in-house network, of which 70% already has capacity for EV, that’s real added value for us to support achieving our aims.”

Rivus has more than 1,300 employees, manages within its garages in excess of 200,000 service bookings each year and operates from 78 sites nationwide through its LCV and HGV specialist combined Garage Network. It also has over 500 Rivus Approved Garage Partners and a UK wide team of mobile technicians equipped to support fleet managers with the transition to electric vehicles.

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