Rental Company of the Year
This award recognises the efforts of the car rental sector to offer lower CO₂ models and incorporate a robust environmental policy into its present and future operations.
Established in 2007 and a previous multi GreenFleet Award winner, Green Motion, the brainchild of Richard Lowden, is currently present in 26 countries and is concentrating on the further strengthening of its home market of the UK. The company continues to work closely with some of the world’s largest manufacturers, including Citroen, Toyota, Honda, Lexus and BMW to procure vehicles that are at the cutting edge of environmental technology. The all-electric Nissan Leaf is available to hire in several branches, while sub 100g/km cars and vans are commonplace in its fleet, as are a range of filtered diesels and hybrids.
Green Motion has concentrated on ensuring that the principle activities of its business have the lowest impact on the environment as possible. Each installation adheres to a list of environmental specifications from power generation through to shop fitting materials and paper use.
This year, French manufacturer Renault delivered its biggest UK order of electric vehicles (EVs) to date, after agreeing to supply 55 all-electric Renault Zoes to rental company Europcar for its car hire service throughout major UK cities. This forms part of its drive to ensure that five per cent of its UK vehicles are electric by 2020. Last year saw also saw Europcar on the aquisition trail, snapping up a majority stake in E-Car Club, the pure electric car share club which operates from 20 sites across the UK. Vehicles are available for hire from just £4.50 per hour including power and insurance, with the all electric fleet made up from the Renault Zoe and Kangoo ZE light commercial, Nissan’s Leaf and the BMW i3. The latest installation, in Stornoway in the Outer Hebrides, features a fleet of nine Renault Zoes and one Kangoo van powered by energy generated by the local wind farm.
Electric Blue is providing a fleet of fully licensed, electric taxis for short term hire to local taxi drivers and fleets in a bold attempt to demonstrate the benefits and suitability of electric vehicles as a hackney carriage option. Potential drivers can try before they buy, renting by the day for just £25 and 2 pence per mile. The partnership with Nissan offers bespoke packages of the e-NV200, which include a free home charger, trade-ins, advice on grants, specialist insurance, warranty & breakdown cover plus the added incentive of reduced licensing fees – Electric Blue has worked with local authorities to secure reduced rates for electric taxis. Primarily to support the vehicles, Electric Blue is installing a rapid charger network across the UK with dedicated ‘Taxi Only’ bays. These are all powered by renewable energy through a partnership with Good Energy and can charge the e-NV200 to 80 per cent in 25 minutes.