Electric Bicycles Help Europcar Save on Deliveries

by Ella FAIRCHILD on August 21, 2009

Europcar’s professional drivers “drive 13.5 million miles a year just delivery and collecting cars,” according to operations director David Alexander.  This has car rental giant Europcar looking for ways to reduce the cost of all of those miles.  With gasoline prices soaring, and more companies looking for ways to go “green,” electric bicycles and small motorcycles are becoming viable options for Europcar employees returning from a car hire drop-off.

Employees can carry the fold-up bicycles in the boot of the car, and they can be driven up to two miles.  Many of Europcar’s car rental drop-offs fall within this distance, so the company hopes to save time and money, as well as reduce carbon emissions by using the fuel efficient bikes.

The summer months have been surprisingly busy for car rental agencies, with some branches in Gatwick reporting nearly four times more customers than they expected.  This has left car hire agencies scrambling for ways to meet the demand, while still maintaining a high level of customer service.

Motorcycles and electric bikes offer Europcar employees quicker passage through UK traffic, which gives Europcar an advantage in the car hire industry.

The above quote comes from BBC News.  Please visit their website for the complete article.

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