Ford has delivered 20 of its new Ranger pick-ups to the RNLI, with the models set to be key in helping patrol beaches.
The move strengthens Ford’s support for the RNLI, with the manufacturer set to deliver 210 vehicles to the charity by the end of the year, with other models on the fleet including the Fiesta, Focus, Transit and Transit Custom Plug-in Hybrid.
A further 150 Ford vehicles will join the RNLI in 2020, with the same number expected again in 2021. By the end of that date, 100 all-wheel-drive Rangers will be patrolling beaches up and down the country.
Ford has said it will also collaborate with the lifeguard charity to help raise public awareness of the dangers of water to help people enjoy the coast more safely.
Andy Barratt, managing director of Ford, said: “We’ve been delighted to supply vehicles to the RNLI this year and support the outstanding work it does do to keep the UK coast line safe. We’re really excited to see our Ford Ranger being used as part of its vital beach patrols.”
The facelifted Ranger went on sale earlier in 2019 – boasting improved connectivity and further driver assistance tech. A new 210bhp 2.0-litre EcoBlue diesel also joined the line-up, replacing the old 3.2-litre version – offering improved performance and efficiency. Prices for the Ranger start from £20,845, excluding VAT.