250 new Citroën vans have replaced an existing fleet of Citroën LCVs at Hackney Council in London. The decision to renew the line-up with the very latest Citroën vans was underpinned by the ability to run the new vehicles on high-blend sustainable biofuel produced from waste.
Citroën models dominate the new Light Commercial Vehicle fleet at Hackney Council in London, after a recent delivery of 150 Berlingo vans, 40 Dispatch vans, 20 Relay vans and 40 Relay cage-bodied tippers, including some equipped with tail lifts. The new models replace the previous Citroën vans, which have been de-commissioned.
All of the new vans are equipped with load area ply lining and selected optional equipment, according to each vehicle’s allocated use. Van equipment options include beacon bars, roof racks, pipe carriers and ‘Chapter 8’-compliant’ high visibility rear chevron markings, while some tippers are fitted with beacons, tool boxes and tail lifts.
The main council departmental users include Hackney’s Housing Division, which provides property maintenance services for the authority’s property portfolio; Waste Services, which deals with recycling, Street Cleaning and Maintenance and the Parks Division for ground maintenance, as well as a raft of smaller departments.
“We chose the Citroën brand for our current and previous fleets because Citroën supports us in our use of sustainable biofuels from waste”, explains Norman Harding, Corporate Fleet Manager at Hackney Council. “We have a long history of operating sustainable biofuels from waste, predominantly in our HGV vehicles, but Citroën will warrant the use of 30% (B30) biofuel providing it meets the EN14214 quality standard, which our fuel does.”
The new Euro-6 compliant fleet will be operated for a minimum of five years and will bring Hackney Council’s entire fleet closer to meeting the requirements of the forthcoming London Ultra Low Emission Zone criteria.
“Over a number of years we have built up a good relationship with Citroën, but Citroën won the tender fair and square”, continues Norman Harding. “In reality it was a close call, but the Citroën vehicles’ blend of capacity, payload and value put them in good stead, while their support of our biofuels strategy probably won it for them.”
“Winning the Hackney Council LCV fleet order again is significant for Citroën and helps to build an even stronger working relationship between this busy London local authority and the Citroën brand”, comments PSA Group UK Fleet Director, Martin Gurney. “Citroën has supplied a broad range of light commercial vehicles to meet a wide range of needs, while helping Hackney Council to meet its sustainability aims with a fleet able to operate on a blend of 30 per cent biofuel.”