A new partnership between vehicle rental giant SIXT and electric car manufacturer BYD will see at least 500 new BYD ATTO 3 cars join its Australian fleet over the next 12 months.
Aimed at providing car rental customers access to an electric car at an affordable price, the BYD ATTO 3 will be available to rent from the middle of this year, with hirers able to make use of NRMA’s Chargefox fast-charging network during the rental period.
The deal boosts a commitment by SIXT to convert half of its 16,000-strong nationwide rental fleet to electric vehicles in the next few years and help meet Australia’s net-zero emissions target.
Originally an electric car battery manufacturer, BYD emerged in 2022 as a leading maker in its own right with its ATTO 3 model, becoming the second largest manufacturer in Australia with its model offering an advertised charge range of up to 400 kilometres.
The addition of the BYD ATTO 3 is the second all-electric vehicle model being added to SIXT’s fleet in the past six months, following the addition of 100 BMW iX3’s, with the mini-SUV offering a charge range of up to 460kms.
SIXT Australia CEO, Matthew Beattie, said the addition of the BYD ATTO 3 is another example of the company’s ongoing drive to provide more electric vehicles for car rental customers.
“Whether heading on a family road trip, a weekend away or a business trip, the BYD’s we will have in our fleet will make choosing an EV even more attractive for customers and corporates looking to save on fuel costs and minimise their footprint,” Beattie said.
“As an added bonus, one of the greatest advantages of hiring an electric vehicle through SIXT is that there is no need to stop and refuel and no charge to recharge, we’ll recharge it for you so you can get on your way.”
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