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Electric car part of Citroën fleet deal

A heating installer has taken delivery of its first Citroën C-Zero all-electric city car as part of its 2012 order for over 20 Citroën cars and vans.

Status Heating, based in Hollywood, Birmingham, a heating, plumbing and electrical installation company, runs a 72 strong all-Citroën fleet, which includes eight C4 and C5 cars as well as 64 Nemo, Berlingo, Relay and Berlingo XTR+ enhanced traction vans.

Status has specified its first C-Zero for a large new housing association contract in Worcester, 20 miles from its Birmingham base.

This contract, which requires a Status employee to be based in the housing association’s offices every day, involves a 40 mile commute and a further 20 miles per day on site.

The C-Zero provides zero tailpipe emissions transport within a large housing estate. To accommodate the recharging needs of the C-Zero, both Status and its customer, WM Housing Group, have installed charging points at their offices.

Leigh Skillett, Status finance director, said: "As a company we are actively engaged in reducing the carbon footprint of our operation. When we gained this new contract, the C-Zero was the ideal candidate with its zero emissions, silent running and low cost of operation.

"Over many years we’ve found that Citroën vehicles offer the optimum combination of reliability, low operating costs and low emissions, together with high standards of driver comfort and safety.

"We have also found that Citroën has the wide range of vehicle types to match our operational requirements. We have enjoyed excellent service from both Citroën Redditch, the vehicle supplying dealer, and Dryden Citroën, the maintaining dealer,” Mr Skillett continues.

In addition to the C-Zero, the 2012 order includes 20 Nemo and Berlingo Enterprise vans. These vehicles, finished in the company’s red, yellow and white livery, are being acquired for both fleet replacement and expansion. Status operates its vehicles on three year/66,000 mile contract hire, with maintenance, agreements from Citroën Contract Motoring.

In addition to the Nemo and Berlingo Enterprise vans’ high levels of standard equipment, Citroën Redditch has fitted ply lining, 70mph speed limiters and anti-theft alarms to the Status vehicles. The Nemo and Berlingo vans’ standard specification Trafficmaster Smartnav satellite navigation system is complemented by the option of Trafficmaster’s Fleet Director - a real-time fleet management system, which uses the same advanced telematics platform.

"As we work throughout the Greater Midlands, a very large geographical area, we have found that Trafficmaster Smartnav is an exceptionally useful piece of kit," said Skillett

"It is a stress reducing safety aid for our drivers. It also boosts productivity and cuts costs for the company. Thanks to the low cost addition of Fleet Director, we have been able to manage the fleet far more efficiently with further major cost reduction and productivity benefits.”

Photo: Matt Weston of Citroën Redditch, Status Heating finance director Leigh Skillett and Citroën UK's Mike Lomas.

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