Ireland: Electric car rental UFODrive launches in Dublin


Electric car rental company UFODrive is expanding its fully digital business to include Ireland and the Netherlands. A new station offers Tesla cars in cooperation with Q-Park. Moreover, UFODrive also plans to open stations in four Dutch cities.

UFODrive operates a fully automated service with only electric cars. After the service first launched at Luxembourg Airport, locations in Brussels, Hamburg and Cologne Airports, the car rental has arrived in Dublin. Here the station is located at a parking garage in St Stephen’s Green.

Judging by the picture, UFODrive is offering four Teslas and clients may rent and collect the electric cars by booking via app only. The digital service also includes registration and inspection. CEO Aidan McClean considers UFODrive the “first all-digital, all-electric car rental service,” although you may debate, whether you could count offers such as DriveNow and other in this bracket too. However, the UFODrive cars are bound to a location, just as with similar services such as Europcar. At least this means charging is sorted with charging stations having been installed right on site.

Apart from Dublin, the company has also announced plans to expand further. Four locations are set to launch in the Netherlands, that is in Amsterdam, the Hague, Utrecht and Rotterdam. Moreover, the CEO outlines further expansion when he says the “vision is to continue to expand to other locations across Europe throughout 2019 and ultimately offer UFODrive on a global level. We are well advanced on agreements for additional European locations.”

The UFOdrive fleet comprises of electric cars only. Next to the Model S that costs from 119 euro a day, the website lists the Nissan Leaf (59 €/day) and the Jaguar I-Pace (129€/day) while the Hyundai Kona EV comes at 85 euros a day. In the Netherlands, UFODrive plans to offer the Tesla Model S and 3, followed by the Jaguar I-PACE, Audi E-Tron and other electric cars. (Ireland), (Netherlands)


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