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Europcar increases electric miles for delivery and collection

The business is focused on dramatically reducing its carbon footprint and an important part of the strategy is to increase the proportion of electric vehicles on its fleet. By year end, 12% of the Europcar UK fleet will be electric and plug-in hybrid. It has also transformed vehicle usage for its Delivery & Collection service.
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29 November 2023

EUROPCAR Mobility Group UK has revealed its latest successes to increase electric miles covered by its fleet with a fleet of electric ORA Funky Cats now used by the company’s ‘hikers’ who take vehicles to customers and collect them at the end of the rental.

These complement electric bikes that were first introduced to Europcar locations in 2022. As a result, for the stations that have access to electric runner vehicles, EV miles account for 39% of all mileage.

The business is focused on dramatically reducing its carbon footprint and an important part of the strategy is to increase the proportion of electric vehicles on its fleet. By year end, 12% of the Europcar UK fleet will be electric and plug-in hybrid. It has also transformed vehicle usage for its Delivery & Collection service.

From January 2022 to end October 2023 Europcar has completed 362,377 EV miles with runner vehicles equating to 92 tonnes of CO2 saved.

ark Newberry, Commercial Director & Sustainability spokesperson,said: “We are committed to providing our customers with the most convenient service possible, which goes to the heart of our Delivery & Collection service”, explained M Europcar Mobility Group UK. By delivering vehicles to customers – and collecting them at the end of the rental – we are reducing the journeys they need to make, as well as enhancing business productivity. It is, however, important that we find ways to reduce the environmental impact of this service. The addition of electric vehicles for more of our locations for ‘hikers’ delivering and collecting customer vehicles is key to achieving this goal.

“The combination of the ORA Funky Cats and electric bikes for our operations means we can get our ‘hikers’ back to our stations after a vehicle drop-off, and to a customer for collection at the end of a rental without adding to the carbon footprint. For the stations where electric vehicles are being used, 39% of delivery and collection miles are now electric and we expect this to increase exponentially over the coming months.”

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Chris Wright

Chris Wright

Chris Wright has been covering the automotive industry nationally and internationally for 30 years. Following spells with consumer titles he became News Editor of Automotive Management (AM), Editor of Automotive International, International Editor for Detroit-based Automotive News, and Editor of Dealer Update. He has also co-authored several FT Management Reports and contributes regularly to Justauto.com

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