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Econetic Fiestas line-up on the Grid

Date: 28 September 2011

National Grid has taken delivery of 80 Ford Fiesta Edge Econetic models, which will be driven by the 2011 recruits to its engineering training programmes.

The trainees combine academic study with on and off-the-job instruction.

National Grid put its fleet requirement out to competitive tender, citing low fuel consumption and emissions among the key criteria, before opting for the Fiesta, which achieves 78.5mpg on the combined cycle and emits 95g/km of CO2.

"Our user-chooser company car scheme was not appropriate for such a large number of new, young engineers," said fleet chief David Morse. "Ford was successful in the tender process and the Fiesta Econetic fitted the bill perfectly."

Ford dealer GK Group of Chesterfield supplied the cars alongside National Grid's fleet management company Inchcape.

The trainees will use them to drive between college, the National Grid training centre near Newark, Nottinghamshire and to various field experience sites around the country.

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