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Hitachi Capital and Centrica sign five-year vehicle leasing extension

By Kyle Linsay
Tuesday, October 8, 2013 - 09:00

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PARTNER: Five more years for Hitachi and Centrica

Hitachi Capital Commercial Vehicle Solutions are extending their long-term Centrica partnership until 2018 under a new five-year contract.

The deal, which went live on January 1, sees Hitachi Capital tie together previously separate contracts, managing 13,000 Centrica vans and managing 2,000 Centrica company cars.

Centrica are supported by dedicated Hitachi Capital staff assigned to the managing of both their commercial vehicle fleet and company cars.

Colin Marriott, Fleet Manager of British Gas, said: “The partnership has been great for us and we’re looking forward to continuing our relationship with Hitachi Capital.

“We run a large fleet and its smooth operation supported by Hitachi Capital allows us to continue to deliver a great service to our customers.

“We’re now looking forward to building on the relationship in the next five years.”

Last year, Hitachi Capital completely overhauled and upgraded Centrica’s Driver Risk Management System in order to identify and target support and intervention to their ‘higher risk’ fleet drivers.

The new system offered real-time insight for Centrica’s 1,000 line managers; enabling them to obtain individual driver ratings and transform their road safety record.

Centrica reduced work-related accidents in 2012 by 10% and delivered significant accident damage savings.

As part of the relationship, Hitachi Capital and British Gas are also working together with Nissan on the development of their 100% electric eNV200 van.

Simon Oliphant, Chief Executive of Hitachi Capital Vehicle Solutions, said: “We’re delighted to have signed this new contract and to maintain a partnership with a flagship organisation.

“We’re strongly committed to delivering on-going cost savings and driving cutting edge innovative fleet solutions to ensure continuous contract performance and we look forward to carrying on this work throughout this contract.”

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