City Electrical Factors adds 42 Citroën Relay vans to fleet

Electrical products and services provider City Electrical Factors (CEF) has added 42 Citroën Relay L3H2 Enterprise panel vans to its nationwide delivery fleet.

The vans are based at CEF stores around the country and will make deliveries to more than 50,000 CEF customers – as well as deliveries for CEF’s online business – involving urban and long-distance logistics.

CEF chose the Relay L3H2 Enterprise, which provides more than 1.9m of standing headroom inside the vehicle, making it easier for CEF’s drivers to work inside the van. The low floor height was also an attraction for CEF, providing easy access from outside the vehicle. All models are 3,500kg gvw Relay 35 models powered by Citroën’s BlueHDi 130 engine with six-speed manual transmission. These models can carry a payload of up to 1,485kg.

The Relay Enterprise panel van’s includes air conditioning, cruise control with programmable speed limiter, rear parking sensors, perimetric alarm, Touchscreen Audio Pack with DAB radio and an MP3 player plus steering mounted controls, 5-inch colour touchscreen, integrated satellite navigation, Bluetooth hands free functionality and a USB socket. This is in addition to the standard Relay specification, which includes a full steel bulkhead, electric front windows, tinted glass, heated twin lens door mirrors, height adjustable steering wheel and electronic stability control.

The new Relays are also equipped with the Lightfoot fleet management system, giving drivers instant feedback on their driving style to help them make the most of the Relay’s low fuel consumption, while also reducing unnecessary wear and tear on the vehicles and encouraging them to be safer drivers. A small dashboard mounted display uses green, orange and amber LEDs to inform the driver how efficiently they are driving and provides a score at the end of each journey.

All the vans are fitted with a 70mph speed limiter. CEF has specified reversing cameras and “white noise” reversing alarms to minimise environmental intrusion and reduce accident risk.

The vans have also been specced for driver comfort. “We specify air conditioning because it helps to clear screens in damp conditions and keeps our drivers cool in hot weather,” said Ian Thorn, CEF fleet operations manager. “We choose satellite navigation because it helps our drivers find customer site delivery locations more easily as well as reducing mileage.

“We encourage our drivers to take responsibility and put stickers in our vans to remind them about safety checks and provide servicing reminders. We also insist on interim services with the current long service intervals, mainly to check for brake wear.”

Martin Gurney, Groupe PSA UK’s fleet director, added: “Traditional Citroën Relay virtues – low floor height for ease of access, standing headroom in the H2 variant, as well as low total cost of ownership and the driver-friendly Enterprise specification have clearly helped us win this order with City Electrical Factors.”

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Dan Parton
Dan Parton
Dan Parton is a freelance journalist and former editor of Truck & Driver, the UK's biggest selling truck magazine. He writes for both The Van Expert and The Truck Expert.

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