The charging infrastructure provider NewMotion has signed a cooperation agreement with the vehicle rental company Europcar. NewMotion will provide the Europcar Mobility Group with its charging ecosystem for electric cars.
The Shell subsidiary says that the cooperation extends from intelligent charging points to access to the Business Hub platform, which allows the charging infrastructure to be monitored, managed and controlled. This should enable Europcar to operate the charging infrastructure at its locations from a single platform.
Notably for Europcar customers, anyone who rents an electric car from the car rental company will in future be issued with a NewMotion charging card which will give them access to over 170,000 charging points in Europe.
Europcar has set itself the target that by the end of 2023, more than one-third of its rental fleet will consist of BEVs, PHEVs or HEVs. In doing so, the company wants to offer “responsible and sustainable attractive alternatives to owning your vehicle”.
“More and more people choose to drive electric and now want to be able to do so when renting a vehicle,” says Melanie Lane, CEO of NewMotion. “Together we’re enabling more people to drive powered by clean energy offering a seamless driving experience for the electric vehicles in Europcar’s fleet.”
According to NewMotion, a member of the Shell Group, the partnership now agreed upon will be implemented in stages starting in January 2021.
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