Europcar puts Brompton & Volt’s folding electric bikes in vans
After a three-month trial in Birmingham, Europcar Mobility Group UK is rolling out folding electric bikes across its UK network. Europcar delivery drivers will use Brompton and Volt bikes for the last few miles to and from a recipient’s address.
Europcar Mobility Group UK has recently invested in the long-term rental of electric vans as part of its “One Sustainable Fleet” programme. In today’s news, the company did not reveal how many e-bikes it will buy or indicate the value of the contracts. A previous report saw Europcar add 100 electric vans from LEVC to its fleet in January.
The folding e-bikes will be placed in the trunk of a customer’s vehicle to be used by Europcar’s delivery driver, known as a “hiker”, to travel to and from the customer’s address.
Ron Santiago, Managing Director of Europcar Mobility Group UK, said: “Our ‘Ramblers’ will use the compact and easy to fold bikes when delivering and collecting vehicles, which not only helps reduce CO2 emissions , especially in built-up urban areas, but also has additional operational advantages at a time when vehicle supply is limited.
This initiative is part of Europcar Mobility Group UK’s commitment to reduce carbon emissions from its car and van fleet, including greening 20% of its car and van fleet throughout 2024.
The e-bike program is expected to reduce CO2 emissions by at least 28,000 kg in 2022 by comparing similar journeys using an additional Europcar driver and car for delivery and collection.