BALANCING FLEXIBILITY AND SUSTAINABILITY FOR BUSINESS MOBILITY
Flexibility and choice have to be the watchwords for a successful mobility strategy for today’s fleet managers. But these goals can’t be achieved without also factoring in the all-important move towards more sustainable transport.
However, many organisations face conflicting challenges. They want to ‘do the right thing’ to meet sustainability goals, but they also need to ensure employees have access to flexible mobility solutions for the here and now.
Working with a partner like Europcar Mobility Group UK can help tackle these challenges.
Managing the transition to zero
First and foremost, Europcar has listened to its customers and taken on board their current reticence to make a wholesale switch to electric due to charging anxiety. The company is therefore on a journey to increase the share of green vehicles in its fleet each year, with the most recent addition to its commercial fleet of the LEVC VN5 supporting its goal of having more than 20% of its fleet EV, PHEV and Hybrid by the end of 2024.
Investment in vehicle charging at the Europcar network around the UK is also being ramped up. And the company is taking an innovative approach to cutting down emissions in its operations, with the use of e-bikes for drivers delivering and collecting vehicles.
Mobilising pool car fleets
Another dilemma for fleet managers is the hybrid working model which has resulted in company car parks full of pool cars sitting idle, while at the same time supply delays mean some employees are waiting months for new company cars. Europcar’s long-term rental solutions are filling the gap for many businesses as they wait for new vehicle supply. Plus its car sharing platform provides a 100% digital experience that can put a pool car fleet to work.
Businesses can choose to install the ‘tap and go’ technology into their own vehicles, using the booking platform for efficient fleet management. Or Europcar can provide the tech and the vehicles – including a choice of EV models. An all-devices App enables fleet managers to book, share and track their business fleet, in a safe and efficient way. Company drivers can also be given the ability to book their own cars when they need them and will be provided with keyless access. And fleet monitoring and reporting can be accessed via the platform, including real-time updates on bookings, vehicle utilisation and CO₂ consumption.