UFODrive launches Tesla leases in San Francisco

Europe’s electrical automotive rental firm UFODrive landed in San Francisco, making the town the primary foray into the US. Their US launch follows the corporate’s speedy development in European cities, together with London, Paris, Berlin, Amsterdam and Dublin, since its founding in 2018.

UFODrive can be planning separate launches for New York and Austin in October. The transfer had been preceded by Hertz main a 19-million-dollar funding spherical in February. UFODrive already then introduced specializing in the US as its subsequent step.

UFODrive provides a mix of basic day by day or weekly leases and month-to-month subscriptions however will initially present solely pure leases in San Francisco.


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Bookings might be made on the corporate’s app. After registration, prospects might go to considered one of two automobile bays in downtown San Francisco on both aspect of Market Road. The app grants keyless entry to their automobile.

There are round 20 Tesla Mannequin 3 and Mannequin Y accessible at launch with financing from Inspiration, an EV asset financing agency. UFODrive plans to steer with Tesla for the primary areas because it did in Europe. The corporate might also embody Ford EVs within the line-up upon growth, as CEO Aidan McClean advised Tech Crunch.

In Europe, the fleet predominantly includes Tesla Mannequin 3, Mannequin S and Mannequin Y, with Volkswagen ID.3 and ID.4, Hyundai Kona EV, Cupra Born, or Polestar, stated McClean.

“From Day 1, our platform was constructed to determine points earlier than they occur. The crew is notified if a buyer hasn’t accomplished any of the pick-up levels, fails to start out the automobile, is driving with a battery stage beneath 30%, struggling to cost at a station, and many others. In these circumstances, our crew can proactively attain out to verify the shopper is OK in the event that they haven’t already reached out to us. Because of this, we now have by no means had a variety or charging subject in over 20 million km pushed,” the CEO advised the weblog.

In different information, the UFODrive CEO had summoned up the enterprise mannequin as a “Radically Higher Automobile Rental”.

The corporate’s at the moment claiming EV leases in ten international locations and 19 areas on our rely, together with the USA. UFODrive’s complete fleet measurement stays undisclosed.

techcrunch.com, ufodrive.com

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