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Van & truck hire demand grows in lockdown

Europcar is reporting double digit year-on-year growth for its Vans and Truck business, after continued demand during lockdown.

Europcar has observed enhanced demand during UK lockdown for its vans and trucks business in particular
Europcar has observed enhanced demand during UK lockdown for its vans and trucks business in particular

The vehicle hire company launched a number of new initiatives to support UK businesses, such as the home delivery market and UK crop growers, Europcar said.

Europcar Mobility Group recently confirmed €307m (£268m) additional financing facilities to ensure liquidity across its global operations in the face of the current COVID-19 crisis, and to meet future plans for the business.

Stuart Russell, director, Specialist Vehicles said, “The financial news is good for the Group, and we’re delighted to be making a positive contribution. We are over and above our planned year-on-year growth for 2020, and the pipeline indicates that this will carry on for the duration of this year.”

In addition, Europcar has launched new products to assist front line workers, including its ‘Van & Driver’ product, subsidised ‘Emergency Services’ product, and the ‘Back to Work’ product, for those who can go back to work, but live too far away to walk or cycle and want to avoid public transport.

Europcar has introduced new protocols for customer interaction with ‘safe distance’ deliveries and collections; in-station deep cleaning, social distancing measures, PPE, including screens, masks and sanitisers. As a result, Europcar has been consulted by the BVRLA regarding these upgraded protocols to advise rental businesses as part of their new publication ‘The BVRLA’s Guide to Operating during the Covid-19 Pandemic’.

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Written by Jonathan Musk

Jonathan turned to motoring journalism in 2013 having founded, edited and produced Autovolt - one of the UK's leading electric car publications. He has also written and produced books on both Ferrari and Hispano-Suiza, while working as an international graphic designer for the past 15 years. As the automotive industry moves towards electrification, Jonathan brings a near-unrivalled knowledge of EVs and hybrids to Fleet World Group.

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