A dozen Toyota Hilux double cab pickups are on their way to energy company E.On for its boiler repair and maintenance technicians to reach customers who are left without heating and hot water this winter.
The 12 Toyota Hilux were supplied by Toyota World in Birmingham under a fleet partnership agreement for three years. They were delivered to E.ON’s engineers at Toyota’s Manufacturing plant in Derby, and will be used across the country.
John Neilson, E.ON’s Technician Manager said: “Being left without heating if your boiler fails this winter can be distressing and potentially life threatening for our vulnerable customers. Being equipped with the right vehicles to reach these customers no matter what the winter throws at us is vitally important.”
Lorna McAtear, Fleet Commercial Vehicle Manager at E.ON, said: “The most important issue for E.ON was that we sourced vehicles that had proved themselves in tough terrains and the harshest of winter weather balanced with offering the lowest possible carbon emissions. We think the Toyota Hilux fits the bill to allow us to reach our customers in need.”
The legendary Toyota Hilux is available in Single, Extra and Double Cab body styles. Powered by 2.5 or 3.0-litre D-4D turbo diesel engines, Hilux has proved its capabilities in some of the toughest terrains on the planet including being the first car to reach both the South and magnetic North Poles.
The 4WD system fitted to Hilux allows the driver to shift from four to two-wheel drive with no speed restriction and from two to four-wheel drive at speeds up to 50mph. Also fitted is Toyota’s Automatic Disconnecting Differential (ADD). This automatically engages or disengages the front axle drivetrain with the shift from four to two-wheel drive, contributing to fuel efficiency and lower noise levels in 2WD mode.