NewMotion has announced a new partnership with Europcar Mobility Group to provide a what it has labelled as a complete ecosystem of charging solutions.
This will include easy-to-use, smart charge points, access to the Business Hub platform enabling monitoring, management and control of the infrastructure, and allow customers of the vehicle rental company to use a charge card, providing them with access to Europe’s largest public roaming network, according to NewMotion.
“More and more people choose to drive electric and now want to be able to do so when renting a vehicle. Companies and public authorities are moving towards ‘green vehicles’ either as a regulatory obligation or on a voluntary basis,” says Melanie Lane, CEO of NewMotion.
“We are delighted to partner with Europcar Mobility Group, who are pioneering sustainable mobility and offer these services already in many cities. Together we’re enabling more people to drive powered by clean energy offering a seamless driving experience for the electric vehicles in their fleet.”
The partnership – which is set to be rolled out gradually from January 2021 – will help Europcar Mobility Group meet the goals of its CONNECT transformation plan, as it aims to become a major player in sustainable mobility. In 2019, the Group launched the ‘One Sustainable Fleet’ programme to reach more than a third of green vehicles – electric, plug-in hybrid and hybrid vehicles – by the end of 2023.
Olivier Baldassari, group chief countries and operations officer Europcar Mobility Group, said that as a major mobility player they were 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!”
This is the latest of a number of partnerships signed by NewMotion in 2020, including those with Aldi, Alphabet, Mazda, Char.gy and Osprey to name a few. The company has been part of the Shell Group since 2017, and now has more than 170,000 charge points across Europe, including 500 Shell Recharge charge points.
Current± recently caught up with Lane after she took the role of CEO, to find out a bit more about what is next for the company.