Rental firm Europcar is increasing its van fleet with the addition of 100 Citroen Berlingos, including some pure electric models.
The rental company said it was receiving more interest in zero-emission vehicles for last mile deliveries and van fleets operating in low-emission zones.
“The van rental market is changing”, says Martin Gurney, Groupe PSA Fleet Sales Director, “Organisations that use rental vehicles for extended periods are looking for specification that will enhance their drivers’ safe and comfortable working environment, while private van rental customers expect the comfort and convenience features of a modern car”
“The commercial vehicle needs of businesses have changed significantly in a very short space of time”, said Stuart Russell, director of commercial vehicles at Europcar Mobility Group UK.
“There’s a high focus on driver efficiency – particularly in relation to deliveries, but also in respect of the day to day job while on the road.
“Our customers are at the heart of what we do. We are passionate about listening to the requirements of their businesses and offering them the solutions they need.
“Features in the New Berlingo Van such as air-con and cruise control can make driving a much more pleasant experience. But it’s the rear parking sensors that stand out for me.
“They don’t cost businesses any extra and can save hundreds of pounds a year, giving drivers a level of safety and security above and beyond what they’re used to.”
The electric models in the 100-strong fleet will primarily be based in London, ahead of the introduction of the capital’s Ultra Low Emissions Zone next month.