Northants-based van racking supplier System Edström is providing internal racking solutions to electric-powered commercial vehicles. New products, dedicated installers and a reputation for safety makes System Edström a compelling choice to convert next-generation EVs.
Tougher emissions standards such as London's ultra-low emission charging zone (ULEZ), better range capability and an ever-increasing range of models mean that more and more companies are turning to electric vehicles for their light commercial fleets.
In the private sector, many major utilities providers are increasing the number of electric vans on their fleets, with a similar trend being seen among public agencies including local authorities and housing associations.
As part of System Edström’s commitment to this growing market, the company has ensured that it has a team of dedicated engineers, fully trained in working with electric vehicles. The team have been trained to City and Guilds Level 3 in working on electric and hybrid vehicles.
Workshop manager Ben Huskisson said: “Electric vehicles are the future and System Edström is ready for the challenge. We have invested heavily in developing new products and training engineers to ensure that our systems complement this new wave of vehicles, and that they are fitted properly and securely. Our ambition is to be the UK’s number one converter for electric vans by the end of 2020.”
Working with hybrid and electric vehicles presents new problems and hazards, even to racking installers. The position of batteries and other components means that systems need to be modified and the placing of attachment points reconsidered. The risk of accidentally damaging components and wires must also be taken into account.
Lead electrician Garry Rutter said: “Understanding electric vehicles is essential, as they are potentially more dangerous than normal combustion vehicles. Since completing the training, we have reviewed our procedures to ensure that we deliver the same consistent high-quality installations every time, whatever the vehicle.”
This is just part of System Edström’s commitment to the future of commercial vehicles. The company is playing its own part in reducing fuel consumption and weight in vehicles of all types, such as replacing plywood lining kits with new Eco-Lite plastic linings that can save up to 65 per cent in weight.