Ubeeqo and Europcar Group tackle urban mobility
Ubeeqo and Europcar Group tackle urban mobility with the first multimodal booking system for consumers
- Innovative mobility platform delivers ‘3 in 1’ transport options for Londoners
- Launched with self-service car use by the hour, taxi and car rental options
- A range of public transport services set to be added to the app in the coming months
- Also launched in Paris, with other European cities to follow
London, January 12th 2016 – Ubeeqo, the innovative mobility start-up in which Europcar took a majority share in 2015, is today launching its unique mobility app in London and Paris. Providing access to cars for use by the hour, as well as conventional taxi and car rental services, the Ubeeqo app challenges the convention of car ownership, tapping into the growing sharing economy.
Ubeeqo goes to the heart of the mobility challenges faced by those who live in and around cities. If they choose to own a car for the convenience of access when they need it, the majority of the time it is likely to be parked and unused. They are, therefore, paying for upkeep and insurance for a rarely used vehicle. The cost of parking also adds to the financial burden for city dwellers. Urban car ownership is also providing central and local government with considerable environmental and social pressures.
“It really makes no sense at all for someone living in a major town or city, such as London, to own a car” explained Benoit Chatelier, founder and CEO of Ubeeqo. “It will sit outside their home for the majority of the time – depreciating as well as incurring cost for maintenance. Plus insurance cover is usually higher in cities. But for many people living in London, they believe ditching their car means losing their independence.
“Ubeeqo makes urban mobility easier, more convenient and more cost-effective, and more environmentally friendly too. And, importantly, unlike other services that just offer one travel option, Ubeeqo combines a range of mobility solutions so that the traveler can arrange the best way to manage their journey, all from one app.”
By joining the exclusive Ubeeqo app, Londoners can access a range of mobility services which they can match to their travel needs.
Matcha – the company’s car use by the hour service means Londoners can pick up a car from one of many conveniently located bays across the Capital without any worry about finding or paying for a parking space. Matcha cars are available from £6 per hour, inclusive of fuel for the first 50 miles of each booking.
Europcar – Ubeeqo users can also opt for conventional car rental for longer durations from Europcar, with a wide range of vehicle makes and models available from a network of more than 250 locations across the UK.
Taxis – Ubeeqo users can use the app to book a taxi when they prefer to be driven rather than doing the driving. .
And it is all managed from the one platform – the Ubeeqo app – making it easy to organise, as well as manage the cost. Londoners simply need to sign up to the Ubeeqo app, which is free of charge and with no usage commitment, to access the growing range of mobility services, with a mapping system showing availability around the Capital for the service they need.
“Ubeeqo takes the sharing economy to the next level by combining a range of mobility solutions in one place” continued Benoit Chatelier. “There’s no need to download as many applications as there are services available, with all that’s involved in dealing with different suppliers. Ubeeqo streamlines the process – with centralised customer support, payment and billing all from the one platform.”
For further press information please contact the Ubeeqo UK Press Office:
Parm Heer, Charlotte Hart, Wendy Harrison or Madeleine Roles
020 8977 9132
Ubeeqo is a European start-up specialising in fleet and mobility solutions for both the business and the end-consumers market. Europcar became a majority stakeholder in 2015, as part of its strategy to extend its mobility offering in response to its customers’ challenges, with simple, turnkey solutions. Ubeeqo has been acknowledged by Deloitte’s Technology Fast50 as one of the top 30 high-growth technology companies.
About Europcar Groupe
Europcar Groupe shares (EUCAR) are listed on the Euronext Paris stock exchange. Europe’s leading vehicle rental service for more than 65 years, Europcar is also a major player in mobility markets. Active in more than 140 countries, Europcar serves customers through an extensive vehicle rental network comprised of its wholly- owned subsidiaries as well as sites operated by franchisees and partners. In addition to the Europcar® brand, the company offers low-cost vehicle rentals under the InterRent® brand. A commitment to customer satisfaction drives the company and its 6,000 people forward and provides the impetus for continuous development of new services. The Europcar Lab was created to respond to tomorrow’s mobility challenges through innovation and strategic investments, such as Ubeeqo and E-Car Club.