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Ubeeqo Delivers Sustainable Mobility Solution

26 July 2021 | Updated 17 August 2021

A new, dedicated car sharing offering from Ubeeqo, Europcar’s car sharing brand, is helping housing developers to meet planning obligations and reduce the environmental impact of new builds.

The solution offers three accessibility options, giving developers the flexibility to provide the best solution for the local community – from dedicated on-site cars accessible only to residents of a development, to on-site cars available for all local residents, or resident access to all Ubeeqo vehicles.


“Our new offering not only helps developers meet their Section 106 obligations and increase their chances of success in the planning process, but it also provides vital consumer choice, as home buyers increasingly look at how to reduce their own impact on the environment.”


– Carl Pittam
Development Director, Ubeeqo



Online Accessibility


Encompassing electric, hybrid and petrol vehicles, residents can book cars via the Ubeeqo app or online and use RFID technology to unlock and lock them as they need them. Importantly for developers, the full turn-key service means they can integrate the car club into their scheme but can be completely hands-off in its day to day management. A dedicated Ubeeqo fleet team manages all aspects of vehicle support, including maintenance and parts, servicing, insurance and claims as well as accident and roadside assistance where needed. Transfers to servicing garages and tyre changes and interior and exterior cleaning are also included. 

“There is no question that long-term environmental impact is a significant challenge for house builders,” commented Carl Pittam, Development Director, Ubeeqo. “This is particularly the case when it comes to the impact of car ownership on local communities. With the UK targeting net zero emissions by 2050, transport has been identified as the main polluter, and the requirements of Section 106 mean planning authorities now expect applications to include solutions that will reduce developments’ impact on local congestion and pollution.”


Car Clubs on the Rise


A recent study by Collaborative Motor UK, the shared transport charity, revealed that growing numbers of people across the UK are signing up to car clubs. According to the CoMoUK data, each car club vehicle replaces 18.5 private cars, and car club members are more likely to walk or cycle as part of their daily routine, resulting in a positive impact on parking, congestion and pollution. Including a car club in a development scheme could be an important persuading factor for a new application.

The inclusion of electric charging points is already on the agenda for new builds in England, supporting the Government’s target to ban the sale of new petrol and diesel cars by 2030. Adding car sharing schemes to new developments goes further, helping to encourage homeowners to consider alternatives to personal vehicle ownership.

“Ubeeqo was created to redefine the concept of car sharing, making it more personal and enjoyable for anyone and everyone, helping drivers to express themselves and be who they are behind the wheel”, added Carl Pittam. “Our new offering not only helps developers meet their Section 106 obligations and increase their chances of success in the planning process, but it also provides vital consumer choice, as home buyers increasingly look at how to reduce their own impact on the environment.”

Fleet managers or individuals looking for longer-term, flexible vehicle rental options, can learn about Europcar's offerings in the Spotted Cow Media Business Directory.


Picture: Ubeeqo promotional photo.

Article written by Bailey Sparkes | Published 26 July 2021


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