The first 17 have been handed over to National Grid’s trainees, while the remaining 34 will be delivered later this year.
This group of employees is seen as National Grid’s engineering talent of the future which is why they have been given range-topping Nissan Notes to drive around in on a daily basis.
The 1.5 dCi Note n-tec+ model returns an impressive 67.3mpg and will cover on average 10,000 miles per annum around the UK, as the trainees mix on-the-job experience with formal technical and leadership training.
Each vehicle comes with automatic air conditioning, sat nav and rear parking sensors as standard and CO2 emissions of just 110g/km, supporting National Grid’s overall aim of reducing its carbon footprint.
The Nissan Note was put through a rigorous tender process and was chosen, as it offers a competitive price and a high level of specification compared to its close rivals.
National Grid’s CEEP training scheme is a major engineering programme, training new recruits to manage the refurbishment and construction of existing and new substations, overhead power lines and underground cables on the UK’s electricity transmission network – ultimately improving services for everyone.
David Morse, Fleet Operations Manager at National Grid, said: ‘Nissan was able to meet all our tender requirements. It was important we offered our CEEP trainees a smart, safe and well- equipped car as part of their overall employment conditions.
‘We have a fleet of over 3,000 vehicles and we’re looking forward to seeing the return on investment these cars will give us.’
Nissan’s fleet sales director Barry Beeston commented: ‘National Grid wanted a fleet of low- emission cars and the Note with its five door hatchback versatility fitted the bill.
‘The n-tec+ is packed with a number of intelligent features and the comfort of the vehicles also ensures the trainees arrive on the job refreshed and ready to tackle the day.’
- Pictured: Neil Lyons (blue coat) and the new recruits at the handover of the cars at the National Grid Training Centre, Eakring, Notts