The MD of Europcar UK says the company is set to launch B2B car sharing under the umbrella of its Ubeeqo subsidiary. Speaking to reporters, Ken McCall said the UK inauguration of Ubeeqo services geared towards businesses will take place some time during the last six months of 2015.
Ubeeqo allows for vehicle pooling and does away with the necessity of maintaining a fleet of company cars. Mr McCall stated that car pooling focussed on providing cars for clients to use and reflected current trends which were moving away from the once rigid requirement of ownership.
He continued by saying car-sharing was a logical adjunct to Europcar’s business of renting cars out. He added that car rental epitomised the idea of providing one vehicle for multiple drivers to use and car-pooling was a natural progression.
Mr McCall noted that Europcar would employ its easy accessibility to the right vehicle philosophy to Ubeeqo’s operations. He finished off by saying that in today’s corporate world time was of the essence and renters did not have time to pick up vehicles.
Europcar has increased its options in recent years to allow for collection and delivery services. Europcar also runs what it describes as a fluid fleet which provides the means of concentrating vehicles where demand is highest at any given time.
Europcar has already started up Ubeeqo services on the continent. France and Belgium are operational and Germany is expected to follow suit in the very near future. Directors and company employees who have used the service say it is a practical and cheaper alternative to having company cars sat in the car park for 90 per cent of the working week.