Rental company Sixt to buy 100K electric cars from BYD for European fleet
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Rental company Sixt to buy 100K electric cars from BYD for European fleet.
Car rental company Sixt said on October 04 it intends to buy more than 100,000 electric vehicles from Chinese automaker BYD for its European fleet between now and 2028.
Sixt initially only committed to buying “a few thousand” EVs, the first of which will be delivered this year, the company said in a statement.
Sixt said it will first deploy its new BYD vehicles in Germany, France, the Netherlands and the UK in the fourth quarter of 2022.
The deal comes just weeks after rival Hertz announced plans to order up to 175,000 GM electric vehicles over the next five years.
Hertz also signed deals to buy thousands of Polestar and Tesla vehicles to meet its goal of reaching 25 percent of its electric vehicle fleet by the end of 2024.
Pictured is a blue BYD Atto 3 electric car SUV driving on a city street
Sixt said the BYD deal was in service of its own sustainability goals — the German car rental giant wants to electrify 70 to 90 percent of its European fleet by 2030.
Sixt has committed to offering 20 new electric and plug-in models by the end of 2022, “including Audi, Opel, Renault, BMW, Peugeot, Tesla and now BYD,” according to a Sixt spokesman.
On BYD’s side, the partnership with Sixt is the Chinese company’s first collaboration with a car rental company in Europe.
Over the past few years, the Chinese automaker has made aggressive promotions in Europe, starting with the launch of the Tang electric SUV in Norway in 2020.
Last week, BYD shared the pre-sale prices of three electric models it will sell in Europe: the Han sedan and Tang sedan, priced at 72,000 euros each, and the Atto3 SUV, priced at 38,000 euros.
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