The not for profit social enterprise Hertfordshire Community Meals (HCM) has just added five Citroen C1 VTR 3-door models to its meals-on-wheels delivery fleet.
The Citroen C1 VTRs offer emissions of 103g/km and are equipped with air conditioning and remote central locking as standard, and have had their rear seats removed, being replaced with a ply load compartment enabling them to carry up up to four insulated boxes. HCM is expanding their fleet as they can deliver meals to 2000 clients throughout Hertfordshire. The role of the Citroen C1s is to allow HCM to deliver meals whilst respecting the environment.
Sarah Wren, HCM Chief Executive explains; "We are very pleased with our current fleet of Citroen Berlingo First vans, but with our new responsibilities in Hertfordshire we have taken the opportunity to add some new vehicles to our fleet. The Citroen C1s will help us to deliver an excellent service to our customers, whilst reducing energy consumption and reducing our costs. We have now moved some of our Berlingo First vans to cover new, longer rounds in Welwyn and Hatfield. The cars are used to deliver hot meals on shorter rounds in and around St Albans. This means that the C1s are able to deliver hot meals straight from the ovens in our kitchens without on-board heating. Also, their small size and good visibility means our drivers will find them easier to manoeuvre and park in narrow streets."
The Citroen C1s will deliver meals up to 30 household each day. The five cars are being operated on Citroen Contract Motoring three year, 30,000 mile, with maintenance contract hire agreements.
"HCM is continually looking for more cost effective and efficient ways of delivering meals. The new C1s, which will be joined by more of these cars in our fleet, provide significant operational, financial and environmental benefits. They are cheaper to contract hire and have even lower fuel costs than the Berlingo vans. They are also easier for our drivers to manoeuvre in urban environments and have eliminated on-board food heating costs for the particular operation on which they are being used," adds Sarah Wren.
HCM provides healthy and nutritious meals on behalf of Hertfordshire County Council to elderly and disable people in the Hertfordshire area to enable residents to maintain independence and remain in their own homes for as long as possible.Published 21 April 2011