Cabify and Polestar sign to deploy 100 BEVs in Barcelona and Madrid

Cabify and Polestar have signed a milestone agreement for the ride-hailing sector in Barcelona and Madrid, which aims to help decarbonize the private hire vehicle (PHV) transportation sector in both cities.

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The collaboration will see a fleet of 100 electric cars set on the roads in the two biggest Spanish cities, specifically a fleet of 100 Polestar 2 Long Range Single Motor Plus units. Fifty vehicles will be launched in each city.

The Polestar 2 recently received an update, and delivers a range of up to 655 kilometers in urban use. On the road in Barcelona and Madrid, the vehicles will be operated by Vecttor, a subsidiary of the Cabify group. The inititiators estimate that the acquisition will save more than 500,000 litres of fuel and 800 tonnes of CO2, compared to combustion models.

In addition to the new taxi fleet, the agreement will also allow companies and freelancers that collaborate with Cabify in Barcelona or Madrid to acquire Polestar vehicles at a reduced price.

“With the acquisition of these new 100% electric vehicles, we reaffirm Cabify’s commitment to the city of Barcelona, promoting a more efficient and environmentally friendly urban mobility,” explained Javier Dorado, Cabify’s Director of Public Affairs in Spain. Pedro Parra, Commercial Director of Polestar Spain, added: “These kinds of agreements are very important for our brand as they help us to give visibility to our products as well as contribute to our main objective which is to promote and accelerate the sift to 100% electric mobility. We are very happy that Cabify’s customers can appreciate the quality of our Polestar 2.”

Cabify was last reported on towards the end of 2023, when the company gathered investment to the tune of $110 million to expand to new cities in Latin America and Spain. Madrid was not a new market for the company, but the move is in line with the declared target of fielding 1,400 electric vehicles in Spain “over the next few years.” Cabify writes that it currently “has more than 50 million registered users, 1.5 million driver partners, and more than 1,000 employees globally.”

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