Electrical automotive rental service Evee has introduced plans to “increase huge,” take its EV sharing mannequin out of 5 Australian capital cities and supply a broader vary of all-electric fashions, together with the newest from the ever widespread Tesla.
The Sydney-based outfit, which has dropped the “h” in its unique title (Eveeh), turned the primary Australian firm to specialize in EV leases when it launched in 2016.
A 12 months later, as we reported here, it branched into electrical automobile sharing, the place the house owners of Teslas and different EVs hire out their automobiles.
Evee founder Slava Kozlovskii says that, initially, the automotive sharing enterprise mannequin was “restrained” by the hurdle of prohibitively excessive insurance coverage premiums.
However the firm claims it has now cracked that nut, in time to harness the shift away from automotive possession, and in the direction of electrical mobility.
“Evee is able to increase huge, reshaping the face of the Australian automotive rental market,” he mentioned in a press release.
“We now have labored laborious to realize an answer that works for everybody.
“EV house owners can recoup the appreciable value of those excessive worth automobiles when not in use. Whereas for customers it’s each a transport resolution for the eco-conscious, and an opportunity to expertise the way forward for automotive transport now,” Kozlovskii mentioned.
Evee is now working out of Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Gold Coast and Canberra. Pickup might be organized from both the proprietor’s house, or airport pickups might be organised for an added charge, the corporate says.
Based on the company’s website, a Tesla Mannequin X might be employed at a worth of $410 a day, whereas a Mannequin S comes at $299/day – though a fast examine reveals the Mannequin S worth is decrease within the ACT ($241/day) and barely greater in Melbourne ($309/day).
As for the vary of automotive mannequin choices renters can selected from, at the moment, in many of the cities, the automobiles obtainable for hire seem like largely Teslas – a mixture of X and S.
However the search web page lists Nissan, BMW, and Mitsubishi amongst its automotive manufacturers, and Evee says the EV vary is ready to increase once more, quickly, with the arrival of the primary Tesla Mannequin 3s in August/September.
“(Evee) is … making a multi-branded market (we’re not nearly Tesla) the place house owners can share their automobiles for just a few days and offset the price of possession, and renters have a large alternative of electrical automobiles obtainable for hire throughout Australia,” Kozlovskii mentioned in an interview in 2018.
“We additionally wish to excite extra individuals concerning the potentialities introduced by electrical automobiles and the easiest way to take action is to have one drive an EV.
“A number of of our purchasers ended up shopping for an EV after the rental. That is our contribution in the direction of the transition to sustainable transport.”
For individuals who desire their electrical trip to come back with a driver, there’s an organization for that too. Sydney-based Evoke, which is backed by high profile tech investor Simon Hackett, presents “luxurious transfers” from point-to-point, through round a dozen Tesla EVs, together with Mannequin X SUVs. As we reported here, it now operates in Melbourne in addition to Sydney.