Europcar and Renault Sign Partnership Agreement in Zero-Emission Mobility
on: September 21, 2009, 8:38 am
Renault and Europcar, the Renault Group's No.1 short-term
rental partner in Europe, has announced an agreement aiming to speed up
the implementation of shared innovative solutions as part of Renault's "Zero-Emission" vehicles program. The agreement will be signed at the
International Motor Show in Frankfurt on September 16.
Europe's leading car rental company will be
implementing innovative solutions as part of the "Renault Alliance electric
vehicles" project. With 2,500 rental agencies in Europe, Europcar will roll out the
new fleet of Renault electric vehicles, as well as the infrastructure needed to
recharge batteries at rental points, starting in 2011.
Renault and Europcar want to offer their customers innovative solutions developed
jointly and involving the staff and networks of both partners. Europcar is
supporting Renault's "electric vehicles" project by developing specific new
short-term car rental services using Renault vehicles adapted to this form of
A clean means of transportation, electric vehicles are increasingly suited to
current mobility requirements and short-term rental. According to Renault research,
80% of people in Europe currently travel less than 60 kilometers per day. The two
partners aim to make zero-emission vehicles available to as many people as possible,
starting in 2011. The electric vehicles will be silent and environmentally friendly,
with no carbon dioxide, nitrogen oxide or particle emissions.
Commenting on the agreement, Europcar Groupe Chief Executive Officer Salvatore
Catania said: "To address the issue of climate change, Europcar wanted to take
things further with Renault by optimizing short-term rental solutions suited to
electric vehicles. We are proud to have our brand and staff involved in such a
large-scale project, which is fully in line with our company's sustainable
development strategy and the goals set forth in our Environmental Charter."
"Thanks to our 'Zero-Emission' mobility program, Renault will offer a broad range
of zero-emission vehicles starting in 2011. For Renault, electric vehicles with zero
carbon dioxide emissions constitute a real answer to current environmental concerns.
We are proud that Europcar has chosen Renault as its partner for its future range of
electric vehicles," commented Uwe Hochgeschurtz, Director of Renault's Corporate
This partnership reinforces Europcar's strategy of taking a more eco friendly
approach with its green car rental activities. The Company
has pioneered in this area since opening a pilot rental location for electric
vehicles in Paris in 1999.
Europcar is the European leader in passenger car and light utility vehicle rentals.
The company serves business and leisure customers throughout Europe, Africa, the
Middle East, Latin America and Asia-Pacific. Excluding franchise operations, in 2008
Europcar signed more than 10 million rental contracts, with 8,000 employees and a
fleet exceeding 225,000 vehicles. In September 2008, Europcar and U.S. market leader
Enterprise Rent-A-Car joined forces in a strategic commercial alliance to form the
world's largest car rental network, with more than 1.2 million vehicles and 13,000
locations around the world. Europcar is owned by the French investment company
In addition to being the European market leader, Europcar is leading in its approach
to environmental car rental. It opened its first "environmental agency" in Paris
in 1999, and in 2008 it was the first company in Europe to have its "Environmental
Charter" - which formalizes its commitments in favor of sustainable development -
certified by Bureau Veritas. In 2008, Europcar was also the first company ever to
win the World Travel Award for "the World's Leading Green Transport Solution
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