RAC and Hitachi Capital extend contract
Following the success of 773 new mission critical vehicles in 2013, and a saving of £7.1 million after reviewing costs of delivery, their partnership will continue until December 2018.
The extended agreement will see Hitachi Capital continue to help fund and manage the RAC’s fleet.
Hitachi Capital currently manages 1,600 LCVs and 50 HGVs on behalf of the breakdown cover provider.
While in partnership with Bri-stor, Hitachi Capital introduced 650 new vehicles to RAC’s mission critical fleet.
These vehicles included VW Transporters, Ford Transits and Mercedes Vitos, which are used as patrol vehicles.
Mercedes Sprinter and VW Crafter models were also drafted in as tyre repair vehicles.
The improved changes to vehicles posed no disruption to services and no negative impact to customer experience.
Director of Business Services at the RAC, David Aldridge said: “We have enjoyed a great partnership with Hitachi Capital and are looking forward to continuing our working relationship with them.
“Introducing such a large volume of new vehicles to our fleet presented specific challenges, but with Hitachi Capital’s help we were able to manage it extremely effectively.”
The RAC, Hitachi Capital and Bri-stor worked together to modify the vehicles, before they were released onto the fleet. Modifications included bespoke telecommunications equipment, winches, workstations and trailers.
Divisional managing director of Hitachi Capital Commercial Vehicle Solutions, Jon Lawes added: “We are delighted to have signed this new contract and continue our partnership with a flagship organisation.
“It was a big undertaking last year to build and introduce such a large volume of new mission critical vehicles to RAC’s fleet but our team took it in their stride and managed it professionally with our customary attention to detail.”
The RAC and Hitachi Capital Commercial Vehicle Solutions have been working together since January 2011.
Source: Fleet News