The Australian outpost of car rental giant SIXT will buy at least 500 BYD Atto 3 electric SUVs over the next 12 months, it said today, with free public charging thrown in.
The first BYDs available for hire through SIXT will arrive from mid-2023, to offer customers “an EV experience at an affordable price point”.
This is on brand for SIXT’s Australian outpost, which says it plans to operate the largest and most wide-ranging EV fleet for hire in the country.
The German company’s Australian operation opened in December 2021, run on a franchisee basis by the NRMA – which has its own charging network and furthermore owns a stake in Chargefox alongside its fellow State motoring clubs.
SIXT says it plans to convert half its 16,000-strong nationwide rental fleet to electric “in the coming years”.
“The BYD Atto 3 is an exclusive offering with SIXT for anyone looking to rent one in Australia. They offer an uncompromising EV experience with a 400km manufacturer advertised charge range,” said SIXT Australia CEO Matthew Beattie.
“Customers who hire any EV from SIXT can take advantage of complimentary charging with NRMA’s EV fast-charging network and the National Chargefox network throughout their hire period,” he added.