PARIS--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Nov. 18, 2020--
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Europcar Mobility Group (Paris:EUCAR) is one of the first international vehicle rental companies to offer electric vehicles to its customers, starting in 2011. In 2019, Europcar Mobility Group launched its "One Sustainable Fleet" programme, to reach more than 1/3 of "green" vehicles (electric, plug-in hybrids and hybrids) in its fleet by the end of 2023.
This programme is in line with the Group's purpose: to offer attractive alternative solutions to vehicle ownership, in a responsible and sustainable manner. It is also one of the key "building blocks" of the CONNECT transformation plan, which aims to make the Group a major player in sustainable mobility, while strengthening its position as European No. 1 vehicle rental company.
The current crisis related to the COVID-19 pandemic has reinforced pre-existing needs and expectations in terms of mobility: increased digital consumption habits and need for "contactless" services, new standards of security and flexibility, as well as an aspiration for more responsible and environmental-friendly modes of travel. In this context, Europcar Mobility Group is actively pursuing the deployment of its "One Sustainable Fleet" programme, willing to favour the deployment of virtuous mobility solutions in cities and territories through "shared mobility" (car hire and car sharing), and to be able to support the transition of both individuals and companies towards "green" mobility, wherever the Group is present.
This programme includes several streams: close collaboration with car manufacturers to grow the share of "green" vehicles within the Group's fleet, customer education, training of Group employees, launch of attractive offers to develop customer appetite for "green" vehicles, etc. One of the key success factors for the programme is, of course, the ability to develop an ecosystem of charging solutions that are easy to use and accessible via a dense network. With this in mind, Europcar Mobility Group has just signed a partnership for the charging of its electric vehicles with NewMotion, one of the leading European smart charging providers.
With the signing of this partnership, the "One Sustainable Fleet" programme takes an important step forward. NewMotion will provide Europcar Mobility Group with a complete ecosystem of solutions for the charging infrastructure: easy-to-use, smart charge points, as well as an access to the Business Hub platform that allows to monitor, manage and control the entire charging infrastructure. In addition, with NewMotion, customers renting an electric vehicle in one of the Europcar Mobility Group’s stations will receive a charge card, allowing an access the largest public roaming network for on-the-go charging in Europe (with more than 170,000 charge points). The partnership is to be rolled out gradually from January 2021.
Olivier Baldassari, Group Chief Countries and Operations Officer, Europcar Mobility Group, comments:
"We are pleased to sign this partnership with NewMotion today, as part of the implementation of our "One Sustainable Fleet" programme. As a major mobility player, we are determined to contribute to the necessary transition to a "low carbon" world, and committed to take steps forward despite the COVID-19 crisis: we even see this crisis as an opportunity to accelerate projects and plans that have already been started.
With a fleet of more than 300,000 vehicles on average, our ability to make an impact is significant. Our commitment to reducing the level of carbon emissions involves increasing the proportion of "green" vehicles in our fleet and supporting our customers in their usages. Vehicle rental is an excellent vector of promotion and development for the use of electric vehicles, particularly in urban environments!
With this comprehensive approach, we want our Group to be among the European champions of sustainable mobility in the years to come".
About Europcar Mobility Group
Europcar Mobility Group is a major player in mobility markets and listed on Euronext Paris. The mission of Europcar Mobility Group is to be the preferred “Mobility Service Company” by offering attractive alternatives to vehicle ownership, with a wide range of mobility-related services and solutions: car rental and light commercial vehicle rental, chauffeur services, car-sharing and private hire vehicle (PHV – rental to “Uber like” chauffeurs).
Customers’ satisfaction is at the heart of the Group’s mission and all of its employees and this commitment fuels the continuous development of new services.
Europcar Mobility Group operates through a diversified portfolio of brands meeting every customer specific needs and use cases, be it for 1 hour, 1 day, 1 week or longer ; its 4 major brands being: Europcar® - the European leader of car rental and light commercial vehicle rental, Goldcar® - the low-cost car-rental Leader in Europe, InterRent® – ‘mid-tier’ car rental and Ubeeqo® – one of the European leaders of round-trip car-sharing (BtoB, BtoC). Europcar Mobility Group delivers its mobility solutions worldwide solutions through an extensive network in over 140 countries (including wholly owned subsidiaries – 18 in Europe, 1 in the USA, 2 in Australia and New Zealand – completed by franchises and partners).
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NewMotion is a leading smart charging solutions provider for electric vehicles. Operating more than 70,000 charge point installations at home, business and public locations across Europe, NewMotion’s missions is to enable everybody to drive as many kilometers as possible powered by clean energy. Providing access to over 170,000 charging points across 35 countries, the company offers an expansive roaming network in Europe. More than 300,000 registered drivers already use NewMotion’s charge card or app for a seamless charging experience on-the-go. A member of the Shell group, NewMotion is ISO 9001 and ISO 27001 certified and has played an active leading role since 2009 in the electric vehicle charging industry.
For more information: www.newmotion.com
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