Europcar has revealed that it will use electric bikes across London this summer, which will reduce carbon emissions and boost vehicle delivery and collection. The leading European car hire provider is aiming to keep consumers moving in the British capital over the peak travel period and has increased the use of electric bikes in a partnership with AutoClenz, the logistics company.
Transport for London (TfL) has been urging travellers to use public transport from mid-July to September, but there will be individuals and businesses who need the flexibility of using their own vehicles. It’s Europcar’s belief that car hire may be more convenient on some journeys than people driving their own vehicles into the city. Therefore, the company has taken this opportunity to implement the most streamlined car rental processes in London.
Europcar and AutoClenz have been working together for over a year, exploiting the environmental benefits and efficiency of electric bicycles, which are used by delivery staff at the logistics firm. AutoClenz will now fire more delivery agents to conduct vehicle deliveries and collections on behalf of the car rental company – using electric bicycles to do so. The bikes can be folded and placed into the boot of a vehicle, which allows delivery agents to drop off hired cars on behalf of Europcar, retrieve the electric bicycle and slip through traffic to pick up the next vehicle without any delay or adding to traffic.
Europcar UK managing director Ken McCall says that there’s no question that travelling around London throughout July and August will be more challenging this year. However, some individuals and businesses have no way around using their vehicles and won’t be able to use public transport. Their goal is to do all they can to make these journeys stress-free, without adding to congestion with their own deliveries and collections.
McCall continued that, working with AutoClenz, delivery and collections agents can get around the city faster on the electric bikes than if they were in a regular car – particularly in more congested areas. This is part of their dedication to delivering the same quality of service to their customers during such a busy period. This partnership is also an important part of their Green Pledge, which helps them reduce fuel consumption and carbon emissions. The electric bicycles are easy to load into vehicles, light and clean, he added.
AutoClenz director Deryck Worrall said that they are investing in more electric bicycles for their business overall. This is part of their commitment to operate a greener service. Through this partnership with Europcar, they are pleased to help the market leader deliver a high quality customer experience – especially when they know getting around the British capital will be at its most challenging this summer.
Europcar has a presence in 140 nations, providing access to the biggest vehicle rental network in the world through its own operations, partnerships and franchisees. The company’s average fleet of vehicles is 190,000, and it employs some 6,500 people. The Eurazeo-owned car hire provider was honoured with the first World Travel Award, and it won the award again in 2010 and 2011.
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