Bosham Monday Club have taken delivery of a new EVM Community Low Floor sprinter from EVM’s Sales office in Crawley, Three Bridges, West Sussex.
The Sprinter is based on the Euro 6 516 Cdi 163BHP Common Rail Direct Injection diesel engine. Transmission is a 7 Speed G Tronic automatic gear box with Blue Effiency, and the exterior finished in metallic silver.
EVMs 120cm Double leaf rapid sliding powered entry door with external emergency release. Lightweight fold out ramp at entry door for wheel chair access.
EVM Coach rear door with upper saloon window. Baggage cage for passengers hand luggage
EVM panoramic double glazed saloon side windows. Original Mercedes-Benz front windscreen and glass top roof.
In dash air conditioning. Saloon heating with heater booster. Vehtec saloon convector heaters.
Mercedes-Benz Sound 15 with 6” head up display – Radio/SD. Saloon speakers integrated in roof.
Reversing camera displayed on Audio 15 head unit, OMNI Vue 360 camera system fitted.
The Saloon features 16 Kiel Interline fixed back M2 seats with hip restraints to aisle side of all seats. Finished in moquette with leather head rests. Wheelchair backboard behind driver with safety belt.
EVM body moulded side skirts in matching vehicle colour. Colour coded bumpers, side mouldings and grille finished with Euro liner wheel trims.
As with all EVM minibus’s the vehicle is completed to European whole vehicle type approval and comes with full 3 year Mercedes-Benz Unlimited mileage Chassis Warranty.
About the Customer:
The Bosham Monday Club charity was formed in 1966 primarily as a social club designed to benefit the elderly within the parish of Bosham. It first operated a minibus in the late 60s which was used to collect social club members within the village to take them to the meeting hall and over the decades has evolved into becoming a village asset benefiting elderly residents by operating local shopping trips, church runs and private excursions under Section 19 permit conditions.
Currently the Transport Committee of the Bosham Monday Club, led by Chairman Dave West, manages 25 volunteer drivers and a small support team who give up their time to enable a variety of services to operate. Last year the vehicle carried 1700 passengers.
Dave West the Chairman of the Monday Club had some great feedback from the drivers and the community:
When our successful application to the Dept of Transport Community Minibus Fund was announced back in February 2015 I set about looking to see what was on the market to replace our Renault Master. As this was a once in a lifetime opportunity for our organisation to select a vehicle which would tick all the accessibility boxes and improve the passenger and driver experience at the same time I quickly narrowed the search to low-floor models.
An invitation from Peter Flynn to attend the Bus & Coach Show in October 2015 drew me straight to the EVM stand and the Low-Floor Sprinter was the obvious choice – no more rear-lift operations nor cumbersome wheelchair strap attachments and a lower step from pavement to passenger cabin with a lovely wide double sliding door.
The vehicle didn’t need selling – it did that on it’s own! Peter demonstrated all the options for seating layouts and extras so I returned home buzzing with excitement.
Fast forward to January 2016 when the D of T approved my request to source a suitable vehicle and provide them with a quotation to consider. Peter was my first port of call and I haven’t regretted that decision one iota. When the D of T gave the go ahead to purchase in February 2016 our organisation was delighted with my choice and the hard work began on finalising the specification and submitting the order to commence the build.
Peter brought a demo vehicle to our village and when the passengers saw it they fell in love with the vehicle (or was it Peter!!). This was followed by a visit by a group of my drivers to see the model for themselves. Once again they liked what they saw and it was all systems go! The option for fitting the Omni Vue 360 camera system was eagerly accepted as this would assist the drivers when manoeuvering.
The process in the lead up to delivery was well managed by Peter throughout with frequent updates and communication. I carried out a pre-delivery inspection and was ably assisted by Chris Beaven with Alfie Poulton explaining all the features to me. This was vital as I would be training over 20 drivers individually on the Sprinter and I needed to know answers to all the questions that would arise from an excited but apprehensive group of volunteers.
The vehicle is a valuable village community asset and we look forward to many years service. I have EVM and the Dept of Transport to thank for giving our organisation a once in a lifetime opportunity.