Electric vehicle business WeFlex has announced a partnership with Via, a leader in TransitTech, to provide Milton Keynes residents with thousands of extra green public transport journeys each year.
WeFlex, a flexible ride-hailing rent-to-buy operator, now supplies fully electric vehicles to the new MK Connect demand-responsive public transport service in Milton Keynes. MK Connect is powered by technology from Via, in partnership with Milton Keynes Council, and will transform access to public transport with sustainable, efficient, and convenient technology-solutions.
MK Connect can be booked on-demand by residents through a mobile app or by telephone. The shared ride service uses Via’s technology to efficiently match multiple passengers with a single vehicle with the use of ‘virtual bus stops’, reducing unnecessary vehicle miles and added emissions.
With the introduction of electric vehicles, MK Connect will be able to further reduce its carbon footprint, while expanding access to transit without the need for a private vehicle.
WeFlex founder Nicko Williamson said: ‘We’re on a mission to get as many people to switch to all-electric vehicles as possible – whether that’s ride hailing drivers or consumers looking for more climate friendly public transport options.
‘Tackling emissions on the roads for every day journeys is the only way we can all make a meaningful contribution to improving the outlook for the environment and Via, who share our vision, are the perfect partners to make schemes like MK Connect a reality.’
As a comprehensive partner for Via, WeFlex will maintain, clean, insure and fully manage all elements of the fast-growing Vauxhall Vivaro E fleet for Via.
Chris Snyder, Europe CEO at Via added: ‘MK Connect is an example of the way that technology can both expand access to public transport and be a sustainable transport solution for communities across the globe. In addition to reducing single occupancy vehicles, we must get all-electric alternatives on the road in higher numbers to further reduce environmental impact and to encourage climate-conscious consumers to view public transport as a key element in tackling carbon emissions.’
Adele Wearing, strategic lead passenger transport at Milton Keynes Council said: ‘Electrification and reduced carbon emissions are key council priorities and so we have been thrilled that more than 50% of vehicles on this service are electric. The service has had tremendous success to date and we are excited to watch it continue to grow and expand.’