National estate agent, Strutt & Parker, has launched an electric bike lease pilot at its Oxford branch to increase its sustainable mobility in the city.
Following a new partnership between fleet and vehicle leasing expert, Arval UK, and eBike leasing company, BikeFlex, the agent is now using a new recycled carbon framed eBike from Advanced with their own branding for local appointments.
The initiative draws on ‘business bike leasing’ to enable estate agents to choose an electric bike above a car for shorter journeys. The BikeFlex eBike trial is particularly suited to Oxford because of the city’s Zero Emission Zone, where parking and congestion could have an impact on business efficiency.
Our first electric bike is now being used, and the team’s feedback has been fantastic.”
George Hughes, head of sales at Strutt & Parker in Oxford, said: “Oxford is a pioneering city with a vibrant property market, and is one of our flagship offices. My team and I need to travel across the city to meet clients and attend appointments in the most efficient and sustainable way possible. By adding electric bikes from BikeFlex to our business’s vehicle choice list, we’re able to test how effective they can be in achieving that aim.
“Our first electric bike is now being used, and the team’s feedback has been fantastic.”
With 100% recyclable carbon composite frames, eBikes are an eco-friendly alternative for estate agency professionals navigating appointments in local areas, and can complement a fleet of cars and vans reserved for longer journeys.
With flexible lease plans available, such initiatives are designed to make it easier for agents to promote sustainability in their communities and the BikeFlex eBike pilot programme represents a significant step forward a commitment to reducing carbon emissions in property industry.
To provide estate agency professionals with an opportunity to explore eBikes, BikeFlex and Arval UK will attend The Negotiator Conference on 24 November and are sponsoring the Sustainable Agent of the Year Award at The Negotiator Awards to highlight best practice in the industry. Brands on show will include Brompton with their electric model, and Advanced with their Reco carbon frame ebike.