EVie concentrates on growing successful van hire with Guernsey Post as bikes not relaunching in Guernsey for summer 2023
2 months after launch, short term van hire provided by Guernsey Post at Envoy House using EVie technology is growing quickly in popularity. The joint venture was launched on 1st February to make more efficient use of the Guernsey Post fleet of electric vans by making some of them available to the public to rent by the hour via the EVie app.
Barrie Duerden, the local EVie representative says:
“We were delighted to partner with the most trusted local Brand, Guernsey Post and the public seem to be taking to the service. In the initial two months, rentals have grown in 5 of 7 weeks and are now at 3 times the initial volume. With Easter coming up and the prospect of better weather, we expect demand to pick up further as islanders buy and move large items, spring clean and move house. Renting a van for a few hours to get these jobs done can be an attractive proposition.”
Steve Sheridan, Finance Director at Guernsey Post said:
“We are really pleased with the level of interest and performance in the EVie vans. Instead of selling our older fleet vehicles repurposing them for hire is a low cost, low risk commercial opportunity for us and means we can support Evie with their vision of a sustainable and affordable travel solution for our local community”.
EVie has also announced that the seasonal EVieBike service will not be returning this summer. Barrie Duerden explains:
“The old fleet of bikes were at the end of their life and have been donated to The Eleanor Foundation to start a second life in Tanzania. We have looked very hard at establishing a permanent base for a local dockless electric bike business but in order to cover the fixed costs, we would require a significant improvement in permanent public realm shared mobility infrastructure in the island. We continue to work with the States of Guernsey to assist them in creating the necessary environment for shared bike and car mobility to flourish, particularly as our experience in Jersey shows that it can be successful.”