One of Australia’s prominent rental companies, Sixt Australia, has reported substantial year-on-year growth in its electric vehicle (EV) fleet, and the surge in popularity among drivers is attributed to complimentary charging services and daily rental rates that are more economical than those of internal combustion engine (ICE) cars.
Recent data from Sixt Australia, a subsidiary of the motoring group NRMA, reveals a remarkable 647% expansion of its EV fleet during the financial year (FY23) in comparison to the levels recorded at the conclusion of FY22. This significant growth is a notable increase from the previous year’s expansion of 325%. The EV fleet now encompasses a range of six battery-powered EV models, including the BYD Atto 3, Tesla Model 3, Tesla Model Y, Hyundai Ioniq EV, Hyundai Kona EV, and BMW ix3.
In late 2022, BYD announced a global partnership with the car rental giant to provide 100,000 “new energy vehicles” (NEV) until 2028. This collaboration began to manifest locally earlier this year when Sixt unveiled its intention to integrate 500 EVs into its Australian fleet. The initial batch of 200 new Atto 3 EVs was scheduled for delivery in April, available for rental at rates as low as $90 per day.
A noteworthy observation from one of The Driven’s readers, Chris Q, emphasized the affordability of renting a BYD Atto 3 EV compared to ICE rentals when he was traveling for work in Brisbane. This trend is encouraging for EV enthusiasts and travelers, as it fosters greater adoption of EVs for journeys around the country.
Sixt has set an ambitious target to make 50% of its Australian corporate fleet, which totals over 8,500 vehicles, comprised of EVs by 2027. The company is diligently working towards this goal in the coming years.
As of August 2023, Sixt boasts the largest EV rental fleet in all Australian states and territories except for the Northern Territory. In line with this success, the company has plans to double its fleet within the next 12 months, aiding in achieving its 2027 objectives.
To facilitate charging for its expanding EV fleet across multiple depots nationwide, Sixt has partnered with EVSE to install level 2 AC chargers at 17 rental sites. Some locations also feature 60 kW DC chargers to cater to the electric rental fleet’s swift recharging needs during busier rental periods.
The increasing presence of EVs in rental fleets offers a valuable opportunity for more individuals to experience driving an EV and determine its suitability for their lifestyle. With daily rates starting at $90, the affordability of EV rentals is comparable to or even lower than that of ICE cars, all while avoiding frequent visits to petrol stations.
Furthermore, this transition to EVs contributes to cleaner motoring practices and aids in reducing fleet emissions, especially since rental vehicles often cover longer distances than private cars. The expanding availability of EV rentals across Australia is anticipated to inspire more travelers to embrace EVs for their upcoming journeys, creating a lasting and memorable experience.
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