CITROËN UK SUPPORTS NHS PROPERTY SERVICES WITH THE LOAN OF A DISPATCH VAN FOR VITAL PPE DELIVERIES

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  • NHS Property Services, the organisation managing NHS facilities, has been using a Citroën Dispatch van to help deliver essential PPE kit to hospitals across Essex and Cambridge.
  • The Dispatch has been on loan since October and has enabled the delivery of a substantial amount of PPE.
  • Loan facilitated by public sector fleet management specialists Knowles Fleet, in conjunction with Citroën UK.
  • In addition to the loaned Dispatch van, NHS Property Services has a fleet of 600 Citroën models.


NHS Property Services, the organisation that manages more than 3,000 NHS facilities across the UK, has been using a Dispatch van loaned by Citroën UK to help deliver vital PPE. The Citroën Dispatch BlueHDi 120 in popular 'Enterprise' specification has been on duty since October 2020 and has been instrumental in the delivery of a substantial amount of personal protective equipment in and around Essex and Cambridge.

 

Based at Clacton Hospital, the vehicle is being used to collect PPE from one of the national PPE distribution sites in Epsom, and then to distribute the supplies to various PPE Hubs throughout Essex and into Cambridgeshire.

 

The loan of the Dispatch van came about after NHS Property Services took delivery of 248 new Citroën commercial vehicles in 2020, taking the total number of vehicles supplied by Citroën to NHS Property Services to 600. All orders have been placed by public sector fleet management specialists Knowles Fleet in support of new maintenance support contracts.

 

The multi-award winning Citroën Dispatch van is available in three lengths and three trim levels, with up to 6.6m3 of load volume and 1400kg maximum payload. Alongside a range of low-emission BlueHDi Diesel engines, Citroën Dispatch is the first LCV from the brand to be offered with new-generation battery electric (BEV) powertrains. The zero emissions Citroën ë-Dispatch is available with two battery sizes up to 75kWh, offering a range of up to 205 miles from a single charge.

 

Graham Smales, Corporate Sales Manager at Groupe PSA UK, commented: “During these unprecedented times it is great to be able to offer added support to NHS Property Services with the loan of this additional Citroën Dispatch. The NHS Property Services team are providing a vital requirement delivering PPE and equipment to those most in need, and I am proud that Citroën UK is able to play a role in support of this crucial task.”

 

For more information about the Citroën Dispatch range, please visit: https://business.citroen.co.uk/new-vans/vans/citroen-dispatch/

 

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FOR FURTHER INFORMATION:

JOHN HANDCOCK, HEAD OF COMMUNICATIONS     

07810 180249       

john.handcock@citroen.com

SIMON BROOME, PR MANAGER

07827 840050      

simon.broome@citroen.com

MICHAEL ARNOLD, PRESS FLEET MANAGER                     

07831 829410       

michael.arnold@mpsa.com

JEREMY TOWNSEND, COMMUNICATIONS DIRECTOR

JOSEPH GORSUCH, PRODUCT COMMS ASSISTANT

07827 896480

01582 900845

jeremy.townsend@mpsa.com

joseph.gorsuch@ext.mpsa.com

 

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For further information on the range of services provided by Knowles Fleet please visit www.knowlesfleet.com or contact Lee Walker on 01206 257204.

 

The Citroën Brand

At the heart of the automotive market, Citroën has asserted itself since 1919 as a popular brand in the true sense of the word, making people and their lifestyles its first source of inspiration. This spirit is underlined by the ‘Inspired by You’ brand signature and is embodied by cars combining unique design and benchmark comfort. Within the sector of mainstream brands, Citroën also stands out with a unique customer experience (Citroën Advisor, ‘La Maison Citroën’, etc.). In 2019, the Citroën sold one million vehicles in over 90 countries.

 

The Citroën Brand in the UK

The UK is the 4th largest market for Citroën globally, with 80,000 vehicles sold in 2019. Based in Coventry, Citroën UK’s range of hatchbacks includes C1 (city car), C3 (supermini) and C4 Cactus (compact family car). The UK SUV line-up consists of C3 Aircross (compact SUV) and C5 Aircross (mid-size SUV). The UK MPV range features Berlingo (5 or 7-seats), Grand C4 SpaceTourer (7-seats) and SpaceTourer (up to 9-seats). Citroën UK’s Light Commercial Vehicle offering covers all sectors of the market with Berlingo Van, Dispatch and Relay. Citroën has a clearly defined electrification strategy with all models across the range offering an electrified version by 2025. In the UK, 2020 sees the launch of New C5 Aircross SUV Hybrid (PHEV), plus the introduction of Dispatch and Relay battery electric vehicles (BEV).

 

Citroën UK media site: https://uk-media.citroen.com/ - @CitroenUK

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