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UFODRIVE collaborates with solar mobility provider Sono Motors to incorporate solar car ‘the Sion’ into its fleet

Today UFODRIVE announces a collaboration with the solar mobility provider Sono Motors. Upon its release UFODRIVE will incorporate Sono Motors’ revolutionary solar car, the Sion, into its fleet of electric cars across its network of prime city locations.

The Sion, affordable solar mobility

The Sion is a compact, yet spacious, electric car, with a range of 250 kilometers, that can charge autonomously through the power of the sun. Thanks to its solar cells, seamlessly integrated within the body, the Sion can charge up to 34 kilometers of additional range per day purely by solar energy.

Additionally, the Sion offers a clever maintenance system to keep repair costs as low as possible and has a built-in carsharing function, which makes it ideal for inclusion within the UFODRIVE fleet.

In contrast to other electric cars - most of them in the premium sector -  the Sion comes at a projected price of €25,500, making it an affordable car for personal purchase as well as renting.

Adapting to mobility needs

The Sion will help UFODRIVE expand its mobility services beyond daily rental to also provide a free-floating, shared fleet of electric, solar powered cars to meet customer demand.

Community eager to access zero-emissions mobility

Both UFODRIVE and Sono Motors have a strong international community of customers who value state-of-the-art technologies and are eager to help accelerate the transition to zero-emission and sustainable mobility.

Earlier this year, Sono Motors leveraged this passionate community to raise over €50 million through crowdfunding. Encouraged by this success, UFODRIVE has opted to part-fund its latest investment round via crowdfunding and looks forward to fulfilling its mission and expansion plans with this support. Click here to find out more about UFODRIVE’s crowdfunding campaign.

Aidan McClean (CEO at UFODRIVE) We believe the Sion will become the first solar car to go into volume production and its solar recharging capabilities will make it the ideal car for carsharing use in cities. 

Thomas Hausch (COO at Sono Motors) We are thrilled to work with UFODRIVE in providing clean, affordable and easily shareable mobility to a new and growing group of customers: people who are defining their transportation needs by the ease of use and the carbon footprint they leave behind.


UFODRIVE wants to fund expansion through crowdfunding

By the end of 2021, UFODRIVE wants to set up between six and ten new locations in Germany. Locations are planned in Frankfurt, Düsseldorf and Munich, among others – at “attractive locations for business travelers,” such as airports. UFODRIVE is already present in German-speaking countries in Cologne, Hamburg, Berlin and Vienna. The company has opened a financing round to further develop.

Luxembourg-based startup UFODRIVE, which rents out electric cars via app in several European cities, has launched a crowdfunding campaign. Money is now being raised on a financing platform for the company’s expansion plans.

Just a few days after launching the campaign, UFODRIVE reported that it has already collected more than 80 percent of its target amount of $2 million (1.5 million pounds). The Luxembourg-based company intends to use the funds to drive forward the expansion of its software solution and its activities in Europe.

UFODRIVE explicitly relies on an app-based business model, through which the rental process can be completed around the clock and “in just a few steps.” In addition, the startup focuses exclusively on electric cars. This focus has enabled it to buck the trend in the crisis year of 2020, opening new locations, and doubling its customer base, UFODRIVE shares. In the past two years, the company says it has opened 17 locations in eight countries.

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In addition to the United Kingdom, Germany is now to be the main focus: 

The electric car rental company UFODrive is expanding into further cities. As of now, the Tesla Model 3 and Model S are available for rent at Potsdamer Platz in Berlin and at three locations in London.

With the new locations, the company is now active in a total of twelve European cities. The entire rental process is purely app-based. The vehicles are picked up and dropped off at fixed stations.

Anyone in Berlin who wants to rent an electric car for a day can now do so at Potsdamer Platz in the “Mall of Berlin” parking garage. The company has entered into a partnership with APCOA for this purpose. The parking garage now offers the Tesla Model 3 for $120 (€99) and the Model S for $181 (€149) per day. The price also includes commercial insurance and three additional drivers.

By the end of 2021, UFODrive wants to set up between six and ten new locations in Germany. Locations are planned in Frankfurt, Düsseldorf and Munich, among others – at “attractive locations for business travelers,” such as airports. UFODrive is already present in German-speaking countries in Cologne, Hamburg, Berlin and Vienna.

For the end of 2021, the startup is also aiming to make the leap across the Atlantic. The goal is to tap into the U.S. market, starting with locations on the West Coast, according to the company’s headquarters. In addition to the rental car business, UFODrive also launched a fleet management software for e-cars in the summer of 2020, which is not only used for its own purposes, but is also available to other companies.


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UFODRIVE uses what3words to help drivers know exactly where to charge

UFODRIVE uses what3words to help drivers know exactly where to charge

  • The first all-digital, all-electric car rental service controlled from an app
  • UFODRIVE app now shows the what3words address of charging points along their route
  • what3words helps to improve the driving and charging experience for EV rental customers

UFODRIVE, the self-drive electric vehicle rental company, has integrated what3words into their customer app, allowing customers renting its market-leading EVs to easily find and navigate to charging points during their rental.

EV charge points can be difficult to locate, they occupy a small space in large car parks, at the roadside or on the grounds of large buildings like hotels or conference centres, making the experience of finding them a day-to-day challenge for drivers. Particularly for rental customers who are visiting unfamiliar places or may have less experience of driving an EV. 

UFODRIVE customers are often visitors to a city that is unfamiliar, using their  EV to get smoothly from A to B, without adding further carbon pollution to the atmosphere. Now incorporating what3words technology further guarantees that customers can find the correct charger first time, every time.

what3words’ innovative location technology divides the world into 3m squares and assigns each one a unique combination of 3 words: a what3words address. UFODRIVE shares the what3words locations of charge points within their app, ensuring customers will be able to enter and navigate to the precise 3m square where the charger is located. what3words provides the accuracy and simplicity that makes charge points easy to find, so drivers can set out on their journey safe in the knowledge that, should they need to find a charging point along their route, the UFODRIVE app with what3words will be able to direct them exactly to where the charge point is located.

UFODRIVE is growing fast, live across 17 locations in 8 countries and, with their current crowdfund  campaign (https://www.seedrs.com/ufodrive) are looking to continue to expand. As the first all-digital, all-electric car rental service controlled from an app, they’ve combined state-of-the-art technology with futuristic electric cars including the Tesla Model 3 and multi-award winning Jaguar iPace. UFODRIVE offers an incredible customer experience that’s simple, easy and fast.

Aidan McClean, CEO at UFODRIVE, explains that “We are proud to partner with what3words to simplify the charging process for our self-drive EV rental customers. UFODRIVE captures the desire for a better car rental experience and the growing consciousness of customers, who want to use greener technology and electric vehicles to move around cities. To make the customer experience even better, UFODRIVE now use what3words to deliver pinpoint accuracy for driving and charging. Together with the UFODRIVE app, this delivers the simplest, easiest  experience in car rental. What3words add to the growing number of innovations that are making the world’s cities more efficient to navigate.” 

Customers can access and drive their car on their schedule, and the UFODRIVE app shows  optimised charging locations with what3words and navigation routing using an advanced  e-Mobility platform.

UFODRIVE is available at key destinations in cities across Europe including Berlin, Hamburg, Cologne, London, Paris and Amsterdam. 

To find out more or become a member, visit: https://www.ufodrive.com/


E-Autovermietung Ufodrive startet Crowdinvesting-Kampagne

Das Luxemburger Startup UFODRIVE hat eine Crowdinvesting-Kampagne gestartet, um die Expansion seiner App-basierten E-Autovermietung anzuschieben. Bereits wenige Tage nach Start der Kampagne habe man über 80 Prozent der anvisierten Zielsumme von 1,5 Millionen Pfund (umgerechnet 1,68 Millionen Euro) einsammeln können, meldet das Unternehmen.

UFODRIVE setzt auf ein rein App-basiertes Modell, über das sich der Verleihvorgang besonders zügig, unkompliziert und rund um die Uhr abwickeln lassen soll. Die Vorteile dieses Systems seien gerade auch während der Corona-Pandemie deutlich genommen, so das Unternehmen. Entgegen dem Trend im Krisenjahr 2020 sei man weiter gewachsen, habe neue Standorte eröffnet und seinen Kundenstamm verdoppeln können. In den letzten zwei Jahren habe man 17 Standorte in acht Ländern eröffnet.

Weitere Standorte in Deutschland geplant

Mit der Crowdinvesting-Kampagne soll nun Geld für die Erweiterung der Softwarelösung sowie den Ausbau der Aktivitäten in Europa gesammelt werden. Neben Großbritannien steht dabei vor allem Deutschland im Fokus des Unternehmens: bis Ende 2021 sollen insgesamt zwischen sechs und zehn neue Standorte entstehen. Geplant sind Locations unter anderem in Frankfurt, Düsseldorf und München. Ufodrive setzt dabei auf attraktive Standorte für Geschäftsreisende wie Flughäfen und Stadtzentren.

Aktuell sind die Luxemburger im deutschsprachigen Raum in Köln, Hamburg, Berlin und Wien vertreten. Ende 2021 soll dann der Sprung über den Atlantik erfolgen und der US-amerikanische Markt erschlossen werden, beginnend mit Standorten an der Westküste.


UFODrive will Expansion mittels Crowdfunding stemmen

UFODRIVE will Expansion mittels Crowdfunding stemmen

Das in Luxemburg gegründete Startup UFODrive, das in mehreren europäischen Städten Elektroautos via App vermietet, hat eine Crowdfunding-Kampagne gestartet. Auf einer Finanzierungsplattform wird nun Geld für die Expansionspläne des Unternehmens gesammelt.

Bereits wenige Tage nach dem Start der Kampagne meldet UFODrive, schon über 80 Prozent seiner Zielsumme von 1,5 Millionen Pfund (rund 1,68 Millionen Euro) eingesammelt zu haben. Mit den Mitteln wollen die Luxemburger die Erweiterung ihrer Softwarelösung und den Ausbau ihrer Aktivitäten in Europa vorantreiben.

UFODrive setzt explizit auf ein App-basiertes Geschäftsmodell, durch das sich der Mietvorgang rund um die Uhr und „in wenigen Schritten erledigen lässt“. Außerdem fokussiert sich das Startup ausschließlich auf Elektroautos. Mit dieser Ausrichtung sei es gelungen, gegen den Trend im Krisenjahr 2020 zu wachsen, neue Standorte zu eröffnen und den Kundenstamm zu verdoppeln, teilt UFODrive mit. In den vergangenen zwei Jahre hat das Unternehmen nach eigenen Angaben 17 Standorte in acht Ländern eröffnet.

Neben Großbritannien soll nun vor allem Deutschland in den Fokus rücken: Bis Ende 2021 will UFODrive in der Bundesrepublik zwischen sechs und zehn neue Standorte einrichten. Geplant sind Locations unter anderem in Frankfurt, Düsseldorf und München – und zwar an „attraktiven Standorten für Geschäftsreisende“, etwa an Flughäfen. Schon präsent ist UFODrive im deutschsprachigen Raum in Köln, Hamburg, Berlin und Wien.

Für Ende 2021 strebt das Startup zudem den Sprung über den Atlantik an. Ziel sei es, den US-amerikanischen Markt zu erschließen, beginnend mit Standorten an der Westküste, heißt es aus der Firmenzentrale. Neben dem Mietwagengeschäft hat UFODrive übrigens im Sommer 2020 auch eine Flottenmanagement-Software für E-Autos gelauncht, die nicht nur für eigene Zwecke verwendet wird, sondern auch anderen Firmen zur Verfügung steht.

Quelle: Infos per E-Mail, seedrs.com (Crowdfunding-Plattform)

Source: electrive.net


UFODRIVE: Crowdfundig für E-Auto-Vermietung erfolgreich gestartet

Start-up will mit kontaktloser E-Autovermietung vor allem in Deutschland expandieren und initiierte eine Crowdfunding-Kampange, die bereits 80 Prozent der Zielsumme einsammeln konnte.

Das luxemburger Start-up Ufo Drive hat die erste komplett kontaktlose, App-basierte Autovermietung Modellen des Herstellers Tesla entwickelt und will jetzt das Standortnetz vor allem in Deutschland weiter ausbauen, einschließlich weiterer SaaS-Lösungen. Dafür startete das Unternehmen nun eine Crowdfunding-Kampagne auf der Plattform Seedrs, die dem Vernehmen nach bereits erfolgreich angelaufen ist. Bereits wenige Tage nach dem Start der Crowdfunding-Kampagne wurden schon über 80 Prozent der Zielsumme eingesammelt. Gründer und CEO Aidan McClean sieht darin einen weiteren Beleg, dass das Konzept überzeugt: „Wer viel unterwegs und auf Mietwagen angewiesen ist, kennt die zeit- und nervenraubenden Vorgänge und die manchmal bösen Überraschungen", wirbt er.

Nachladen unterwegs ist inklusive

Er verspricht Miete ohne Warteschlangen, analoge Dokumente, versteckte Kosten und mit neuen Elektroautos, wie etwa das Tesla Model 3, die vollgeladen bereitstünden. Zudem soll sich über die intuitiv bedienbare App lässt die Miete in wenigen Schritten erledigen lassen. Außerdem sei das Nachladen während der Fahrt ist immer inklusive und das E-Auto mit leerem Akku abgeben kein Problem, jedenfalls nicht kostenseitig. Aufgeführt wird die CO2-Ersparnis und die Aufforstungsmaßnahmen, zu der die Kunden dank der Kooperation mit dem Anbieter Ark2030 aktiv beitragen. Die E-Mietwagen stünden zudem rund um die Uhr kontaktlos zur Verfügung, was man als wichtiges Argument in Zeiten von Corona sieht. „Selbstverständlich werden alle unsere Fahrzeuge vor jeder Miete gründlich desinfiziert“, betont McClean.

Flottenmanagment mit Reichweitenmonitoring

Das Reichweitenmonitoring im Hintergrund durch die automatischen Systeme und Mitarbeiter sowie die intelligente Navigation ermöglichen ein unbeschwertes Fahrerlebnis. Für den reibungslosen Betrieb hat UFODRIVE selbst eine neuartige, intelligente Flottenmanagement-Softwarelösung für Elektroautos entwickelt, die auch anderen Firmen zur Verfügung gestellt wird – neben der Autovermietung ist SaaS (Software-as-a-Service) das zweite lukrative Standbein des luxemburgischen Unternehmens.

Neben Großbritannien steht dabei vor allem Deutschland im Fokus des Unternehmens. Bis Ende 2021 sollen insgesamt zwischen sechs und zehn neue Standorte entstehen, u. a. in Frankfurt, Düsseldorf und München. Im Fokus stehen dabei attraktive Orte für Geschäftsreisende wie Flughäfen und Premium-City-Locations. Aktuell ist der Anbieter im deutschsprachigen Raum bereits in Köln, Hamburg, Berlin und Wien mit Flotten von Tesla und anderen "führenden" Herstellern vertreten. Ende 2021 soll dann der Sprung über den Atlantik erfolgen und der US-amerikanische Markt erschlossen werden, beginnend mit Standorten an der Westküste, so die Pläne.ange, die bereits 80 Prozent der Zielsumme einsammeln konnte.



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