Europcar Mobility Group UK is using folding e-bikes to deliver and collect rental vehicles from customers, as part of the organisation’s One Sustainable Fleet program.
The company recently announced it has invested in e-bikes throughout its UK network to boost time efficiency and cut carbon emissions, following a three-month trial in Birmingham.
The folding bikes, from Brompton and Volt, fit in the boot of the rental vehicles, enabling Europcar delivery driver – known as ‘hikers’ – to ride to and from customers’ addresses.
Europcar says the bicycles are a sustainable alternative to requiring an additional car and driver for deliveries and collections, and estimates it will reduce CO2 emissions by at least 28,000kg in 2022.
Europcar Mobility Group UK managing director Ron Santiago said removing the need for an accompanying delivery vehicle was beneficial “at a time when vehicle supply is limited” and make other staff more available for other duties.
Europcar Mobility Group was established to offer attractive alternatives to vehicle ownership, with a view to more sustainable options. Its goals include boosting its electric and hybrid vehicles to comprise more than a third of a total fleet by 2023.