Councillor Waseem Zaffar, Birmingham City Council’s Cabinet Member for Transport and Environment, officially opened the new Europcar Van Supersite in Birmingham Newtown.
Reflecting the growing importance of the Midlands Engine to the UK economy, Europcar Mobility Group UK has committed significant investment to its latest Van Supersite, complementing its Supersite network which runs down the spine of the UK. And with the introduction of “Clean Air Zones” (CAZ) a key challenge for UK businesses – with Birmingham’s CAZ scheduled for introduction in 2020 - the new site provides access to a wide range of compliant, multi-modal transport solutions.
Featuring electric van trials for businesses attending the opening, the event set out to demonstrate how new sustainable technology can help reduce emissions and improve air quality in Birmingham. It also featured guest speaker, Mark Cartwright from the Freight Transport Association, who talked about sustainable technologies and integration into corporate fleets.
Councillor Waseem Zaffar said: “I’m honoured to officially open the Europcar Van Supersite and welcome Europcar’s commitment to promote sustainable mobility in Birmingham. The cars and vans available to rent will all be compliant with the new Clean Air Zone and will help local businesses and consumers to improve air quality and reduce emissions in Birmingham by using the newest cleanest technology. Europcar launched its Electric Vehicle Delivery and Collection service right here in Birmingham and there are plans to do more in the City to help the transition to electric technology.
“Europcar is a driving force for environmental change in Birmingham and we want to work as closely as possible in the future to help the cultural shift that needs to happen away from private car ownership and into car clubs, car rental and electric vehicles.”
Gary Smith, Managing Director, Europcar Mobility Group UK added: “We are delighted that Councillor Zaffar could officially open our new Van Supersite. We know that Birmingham City Council has advanced plans to introduce a Clean Air Zone in 2020 and we aim to play our part in supporting the initiative to improve air quality and reduce emissions in the local area and beyond. As such, our new Supersite is offering local businesses sustainable mobility solutions, including electric vans.
“In an area that continues to see significant growth and unprecedented investment, even before the official opening we have been responding to business demand with several hundred commercial vehicles on rent. And we have future-proofed the site to ensure that we can offer a real solution for urban transportation needs. This includes the installation of electric vehicle charging points, as well as the availability of hourly, daily, monthly and even yearly rental options, on either conventional diesel or petrol vehicles or EV & hybrid solutions.”
Located in the heart of Birmingham’s commercial centre, the new Europcar Van Supersite is operated by a specialist team of van and truck experts who can help local businesses identify the right mobility solution for their transport needs. This includes a totally compliant Euro 6 fleet of vans, ideal for businesses of all sizes operating in and through the Birmingham CAZ when it is introduced next year.
The new site also taps into Europcar’s growing fleet of electric and hybrid vehicles strategically positioned across the UK. Plus it offers an extensive range of specialist commercial vehicles, including modified Double Cab Tippers and fully compliant, ready to rent Chapter 8 fleet suitable for businesses operating on roads and highways.
Catering for the surge in UK businesses wanting to move away from the long-term financial commitment of outright vehicle purchase or leasing, Europcar’s long term flexible rental solution – Advantage – is also available from the new Birmingham Newtown site.