Following a three-month trial in Birmingham, Europcar Mobility Group UK is rolling out folding e-bikes across its UK network. Europcar delivery drivers will use the bikes from Brompton and Volt on the last miles to and from a recipient’s address.
Europcar Mobility Group UK had recently invested in offering long-term rentals for electric vans as part of its ‘One Sustainable Fleet’ programme. In today’s news, the company did not disclose how many e-bikes they will buy nor stated the value of the contracts. An earlier report saw Europcar add 100 electric vans by LEVC to their fleet this January.
The folding e-bikes will be placed in the boot of a customer’s vehicle to be used by the Europcar delivery driver, known as a ‘hiker’, to travel to and from the customer’s address.
Ron Santiago, managing director at Europcar Mobility Group UK, said: “Our ‘hikers’ will use the compact, easy to fold bikes when delivering and collecting vehicles which not only helps cut CO2 emissions, especially in built-up city areas, but also presents additional operational advantages at a time when vehicle supply is limited.”
The initiative forms part of Europcar Mobility Group UK’s pledge to reduce carbon emissions for its car and van fleet, including greening 20% of its car and van fleet throughout 2024.
The e-bikes scheme is expected to reduce CO2 emissions by at least 28,000Kg in 2022 when comparing like for like journeys using an additional Europcar driver and car for the delivery and collection.
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