Less than eight years and counting. The transition to zero is now on the agenda of every fleet and business travel manager as the UK heads towards the 2030 ban for the sale of new petrol and diesel vehicles. And the pressure is already on fleet users to lead the charge into cleaner, greener mobility.

The challenge is how to make that transition without adding complexity to business operations and employee well-being.

Before making big fleet decisions – that will have big financial implications – it makes sense to ‘test’ every aspect of zero emissions motoring and Europcar is aiming to help businesses on the journey.

The Europcar branch network is rapidly being charged up for the future.

Try before you buy

The most obvious route to learning how EV will work for your mobility needs is to ‘try before you buy’. But a short test-drive, even if it's for a week or more, doesn’t really deliver the insight businesses need to understand the true impact of zero emission motoring.

Europcar is tackling this challenge with the continued addition of plug-in hybrid and full electric makes and models. One size doesn’t fit all so we’re adding vehicles that span the majority of business motoring use cases to give fleet managers the chance to genuinely put low and zero emission motoring to the test, all available as part of our long-term rental solutions.

Available for a minimum of 3 months, with 1 month extension rates and commitment free, we’re adapting the way conventional rental operates to make the experience as easy as possible:

Comprehensive vehicle handover and charging instructions support Charging cables Shell Recharge card and app – providing access to over 10,000 publicly accessible charge points across the UK The option for CO₂ reporting for valuable insight into emissions reduction

Through our partnership with Shell Recharge Solutions, we’re also offering a range of home and workplace charging solutions.

Charged for the future

Aligned with our mission to provide effective low and zero emission mobility solutions, the Europcar branch network is rapidly being charged up for the future. 10 sites now feature charging posts with plans to expand the infrastructure to more locations by the end of 2022. It is another step in our ‘One Sustainable Fleet’ programme which aims to have 20% of our fleet low or zero emission by the end of 2024.

Committed to green

We’re also demonstrating our commitment to green motoring with the implementation of electric bikes for deliveries and collections. Folding e-bikes are placed in the boot of a customer’s vehicle to be used by the Europcar delivery driver to travel to and from the customer’s address. Providing a sustainable alternative to requiring an additional car and driver for every delivery and collection customer, this initiative not only reduces CO₂ emissions but also cuts journeys and frees up staff for other customer-facing activities.

To find out more about how Europcar can help your business transition to zero call 0371 384 0140 or