ELECTREK - All-electric car rental service UFODRIVE aims high

ELECTREK - All-electric car rental service UFODRIVE aims high

Aidan McClean rented a lot of cars during his years of business travel. After visiting nearly every international airport in Europe and the U.S., and trying all sorts of different rental companies, the experience never got any better. “It just didn’t work,” he said.
So he started his own car rental company — and it only rents EVs.

UFODRIVE is a European EV rental car company with sites in three European airports — Brussels, Luxembourg, and Hamburg. The company has other rental locations on the way, and is even eyeing the U.S. market, as well. UFODRIVE’s CEO McClean talked to Electrek about the company’s development and future plans.

‘Arrive and Drive’
The first thing that made McClean interested in a better car rental experience was how much time it takes to actually pick up a car.
“Time saving, that was the number one thing that was bugging me,” he said. “There’s no value in queuing to pick up your keys at a car rental desk.”
So with UFODRIVE, McClean made sure there would be no lines. Everything is done through the company’s app.
Customers can book through the app (or the UFODRIVE website), which gives users one all-inclusive price, including insurance and charging. Before picking up the car, customers can use the app to scan their drivers’ license for registration purposes. The app will guide you to the car, and from there, it will show you any known damage on the car while customers inspect it — drivers can take photos of any further damage.
After that, a keyless entry provides access to the car and the process is complete. Charging is included for free, either through Tesla’s Supercharger network or via charging cards for third-party chargers, depending on the vehicle.
“Arrive and drive,” he said, noting that returning customers can get into their cars and drive off in as quickly as two minutes. Returning a car and closing out the rental contract requires plugging in the vehicle to charge before walking away, and the vehicles are cleaned on site while charging.

EVs Only
Why did McClean want to go all-electric with his venture? It all goes back to his time as a cyclist, racing along roads as cars passed him by.
“I had enough of sucking in diesel fumes when a car goes past me. I thought, ‘This is wrong, this has to stop.’ It has to change,” he said. “I actually think the attitude to diesel and petrol in Europe is getting to be the way smoking was 20 years ago. Almost everyone I speak to, their next car will be an electric.”
So UFODRIVE presented the perfect opportunity to get people into EVs. Currently, the company offers the Tesla Model S, Jaguar I-PACE, and the newest Nissan Leaf. UFODRIVE will also be adding the Tesla Model 3 and Hyundai Kona Electric to its fleet in the near future, and McClean is also considering adding the Audi e-tron. (UFODRIVE’s fleet webpage reveals a number of other possible future vehicles, as well.)
Based on customer feedback so far, McClean estimates half his customers want a new way to rent a car. The other half simply want the chance to drive an EV. “About a quarter of people say they just want to drive a Tesla,” he said.
As for the rental cost, McClean compares it to renting a luxury vehicle from another rental provider. However, he’s quick to point out that offering built-in insurance and free charging — with no need for fuel, of course — lowers that price, making the overall cost 20 percent cheaper “in most cases.”

More Markets
UFODRIVE is launching its first city center site, in Brussels, on Monday. A Dublin city site is also in the works, with a London site advancing, as well. McClean said these city locations will be near hotels and business centers.
McClean said a number of other airport sites are also planned for Europe, with three more coming soon.
UFODRIVE also has plans to enter the U.S. market. A launch in the latter part of this year or 2020 is possible, and McClean has already zeroed in on some possible locations in California and Florida. He noted that the company is considering both its own locations — as it has in Europe — or franchising through another rental provider.
McClean clearly has an eye on expansion. But his goal is to build up UFODRIVE’s fleet slowly — starting with five cars and working up to 30 at each location. He said that demand has been better than expected thus far, and UFODRIVE is “on the road to being profitable.”
He also plans to add more features to the app as time progresses. All of this, he hopes, will get more people into the seats of his all-electric fleet. “It’s a huge opportunity to get people to use EVs,” he said.

by Phil Dzikiy
- Feb. 8th 2019 2:53 pm ET

Full article here on Electrek.co

UFODRIVE releases its next generation car rental app

UFODRIVE releases its next generation car rental app

Offering a host of innovative new features, it makes our ‘ARRIVE & DRIVE’ platform even faster! With the release of UFODRIVE app v2.0, transitioning to an electric future is now even easier!

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CleanTechnica | EV Rentals Made Easy: Drive A Tesla Model S, Jaguar I-PACE, Or Nissan Leaf On Your Next Trip

Renting a car can be a pain in the ass. We’ve all been there — waiting in line, filling out paperwork, only to find out that the car you’d reserved is unavailable and you’re suddenly stuck with a vehicle you didn’t want. For Aidan McClean, founder and CEO of UFODRIVE, it was a breaking point.

UFODRIVE is an all digital, all electric car rental company. Everything is done smoothly via its app, from booking to finding your car and the final inspection. Aidan is adamant that transparency is key, with no surprising fees tagged onto the final price as is common with traditional rentals. Rather, the entire concept is designed around customer to make the experience as simple and straightforward as possible.
Currently, the company is located at the Brussels, Hamburg, and Luxembourg airports with plans to expand to more European cities this year, and the United States soon after. We chat with Aidan to learn more about his inspiration for founding UFODRIVE and where he sees it headed in the next few years.

Aidan McClean, founder and CEO of UFODRIVE

What was your inspiration for founding UFODRIVE?
My inspiration was twofold. Firstly, a personal passion for great customer experience, especially any product or service that saves you time. Having suffered hundreds of poor car rental experiences, I finally decided to design a process the way I would like it to be, i.e. super fast, simple, easy, and above all really cool. I took a ‘start again’ approach to the entire process — I wanted to make your car rental experience something to talk about, out of this world to simply ‘arrive and drive’.
Secondly, I strongly believe we have reached the point where our technology today can solve the world’s worsening climate situation. We don’t need to keep doing it the old way. Transport is not the only part of the Co2 problem but it’s one we can fix now. Electric cars finally work, they offer a better, cleaner and cooler mobility experience. The problem is that the transition away from legacy internal combustion is just way too slow. We need to massively speed up the shift. We need to bring EV into the mainstream, to show just how easy and better it is to drive electric.
People are unaware and we often fear the unknown, so by taking the first step and renting an EV before you buy one we believe UFODRIVE can help speed this transition.

What sets UFODRIVE apart from standard rental car companies?
Everything! We set out to make sure every stage of the legacy car rental process was redesigned around the customer. By listening to the frustration of rental customers we designed the fastest and easiest experience possible.
With UFODRIVE there is no queuing at a rental desk, no key, no paperwork, no confusing insurance options, no fuel options, automated car inspection, a transparent one per day price, the best pickup locations combined with a premium electric car.

Why all electric?
We cannot continue to add more polluting ICE cars to the roads! With electric our customers have no refueling or fuel options to be concerned about. We provide the customer an alternative they otherwise might not have considered.
The electric models we use offer connectivity from our APP to the Cars providing a truly digital experience. Electric differentiates us from the competition and we want to be the leaders in electric rental.

People might have concerns about renting an electric car, primarily with regards to charging, maintenance issues, or even unfamiliarity. How do you assuage these fears?
Information! Convincing people to try something new requires us to address any potential concern and fears customer might have. We designed the service to take these fears away from the customer.
We provide a lot of pre-drive information on how and where to charge, how to drive and use the car etc. We also provide a customized in-car help guide both printed, as part of our APP, and built in as part of the car’s screen user interface, in the case of Tesla. On top of that we provide 24/7 online chat and phone support, plus 24/7 remote monitoring of the car’s battery level so we can proactively assist should we foresee and problems.

How many models do you offer?
Tesla Model S, Jaguar I-PACE, and the new Nissan Leaf. We will shortly add the Tesla Model 3 and are in discussions with several OEMs about using and promoting their new electric cars coming to market.

Are there any models you’re particularly excited to have in your fleet soon?
We are very excited about adding the Tesla Model 3 to the fleet, new Hyundai Kona, New Audi e-tron, and Mercedes EQC amongst others…

How did you finance the company? What VCs or companies have invested?
We are fully funded for the next phase of our expansion, through private entrepreneur funding. We are planning a larger funding round in 2020 for Global expansion.

You are currently located at the Brussels, Hamburg, and Luxembourg airports. Do you have plans to expand to other locations soon?
We will soon announce two new exciting locations and plan further expansion in both airports and city centers. We have had great responses from airports to our innovative product and now it’s about choosing the right cities that are ready and proactive for electric cars. Throughout 2019 we will add new European cities and have begun early groundwork in the US.

Each of your locations is open 24/7 — is there someone present to assist you with your car rental or is everything digital and done via the app?
We are 100% digital. In the unlikely event of it being necessary for human intervention then we have agreements for each of our locations for people support.

What are the costs like in comparison with a traditional rental car? Is it comparable?
For cars in like categories, UFODRIVE offers the best value for money over the competition. With our ‘no fuel’, all inclusive insurance, low damage excess and fast track service we are cheapest across all locations.

What kind of public feedback have you received so far?
Overwhelmingly positive. Customers love the straight through ‘Arrive & Drive’ digital experience. We have been really encouraged by how easily people, most of whom have never driven or even been in an electric car before, have taken to the product. Many of our customers have said their next car will be electric because of UFODRIVE and that really motivates us.

What are your goals for UFODRIVE in the next few years?
Expand and diversify — fast! We aim to be in as many locations as fast as possible and continue to refine and improve the rental experience through innovative technology.
In addition to new electric models we are working on a range of digital tools to encourage and ease the transition to electric mobility. We want to become the ‘go-to’ brand for all things EV!

Full article to be found on CleanTechnica

February 1st, 2019 by The Beam
By Erika Clugston

Siliconrepublic - UFODrive’s vision for electric car rental is out of this world

Siliconrepublic - UFODrive’s vision for electric car rental is out of this world

Our Start-up of the Week is UFO Drive, a mobility player founded in Luxembourg by an Irishman with big plans to revolutionise the car rental industry.
UFO Drive delivers an amazing customer experience to what is often a frustrating experience: renting a car,” explained company founder Aidan McClean.

It’s a revolutionary new mobility solution delivering 100pc digital on-demand car rental; fast-track rental with an entirely electric fleet. Our vision is to help accelerate the world’s transition to sustainable mobility by making the switch from internal combustion vehicles simple, easy and fast.
Our cars are 100pc connected to our platform 24/7. This means there is no key for the customer and all aspects of the rental experience are managed through your smartphone AIDAN MCCLEAN

The start-up is already up and running in Luxembourg, Brussels and Hamburg, and is about to launch in Dublin.
Using just a smartphone, you can book and drive a premium electric vehicle at very convenient pick-up locations such as airports and prime city centre ‘UFO Bays’. We currently offer the Tesla Model S, Jaguar I-Pace and the new Nissan Leaf.

The market

McClean said the company is aiming to serve those who just want to ‘arrive and drive’ without any of the hassle of renting a car, such as queueing, paperwork, selling of extras, insurance options and collecting the key.
“We are targeting regular repeat travellers, business travel and those with an environment awareness wishing to make the shift to electric vehicles.”
He said that the global car rental market is worth $70bn and growing. “Our segment presents a significant opportunity at the mid, executive and VIP levels.”

The founder
McClean spent 25 years in financial services and was originally an accountant. “But I found that too exciting,” he joked. “I moved to technology solutions and have specialised in delivering big technology transformation programmes in banking and insurance.
“Both myself and partner, Renaud Marquet, are passionate about using tech to add real value to the customer.
“Our focus is on delivering great, time-saving UX while maximising the efficiency of service delivery from a cost and lean process perspective.”

The technology

He continued: “Our mobility platform is designed around the minimal user interface possible. Customers can reserve and drive in two minutes. All aspects of the rental platform are automated, including booking, rental contract, car opening, inspection and the return process.
“Car reservation takes just three clicks and our app is designed to take the ‘fear of the unknown’ out of driving an electric car. We deal with the so called ‘range anxiety’ though an electric vehicle analytics back-office module to ensure the customer never has to worry about where and when to charge on their journey.
“Our cars are 100pc connected to our platform 24/7. This means there is no key for the customer and all aspects of the rental experience are managed through your smartphone. What we have launched so far is just the beginning. We are investing on a much wider mobility platform focused on electric cars, charging and journey management.
“Our goal is not just to rent cars but to be the go-to platform for the coming electric revolution.”

Revving up

Picture by melvinkobe.com for UFODRIVE

So far, McClean said that UFO Drive has been overwhelmed and encouraged by the customer feedback it has received. “Customer growth has beaten our expectation to date and repeat customers are growing steadily."
Customer adoption of our electric cars has been much better than expected and our customers have driven from Luxembourg as far as Berlin, Warsaw, Milan and even Connemara without incident. In fact, out of almost 1,000 journeys we had just one customer issue relating to the electric vehicle. We have now also opened in Brussels Airport, Hamburg Airport and, soon, Dublin city centre.
“We are currently working on a big expansion strategy for 2019 and are finalising plans for a funding round to help us accelerate growth.
McClean said that the challenges faced by the company have been the typical start-up challenges. “It is not so easy to source good developers with the essential ingredient of ‘cop on’. For our airport locations, most have been very receptive to our product and of great help, but unfortunately not all are as progressive so progress is never as fast as I would like.

Starting up and taking off
The start-up scene in Europe is also revving its engines. “Since starting UFO Drive, we have been immersed into this world. The number of great ideas starting up out there is astonishing.
“Although I’m Irish, I have lived in Luxembourg for the past six years and we decided to start up in Luxembourg first. The support and encouragement from the Luxembourg authorities has been excellent and the local business community are always eager to help good ideas.
“I think a simpler, integrated, EU-wide start-up support infrastructure would be of great help to those looking to establishment in multiple EU countries. It’s very different from state to state right now, and that slows you and adds complexity. Simply put, some countries are better than others by a big margin when it comes to start-up support.”
His advice to start-up founders is to get customer feedback early on. “Be focused on your idea and market, but don’t fall in love with your own plan; be prepared to pivot as doors close and opportunities arise. Speak to as many start-ups as you can – that’s invaluable and usually free. Think big, start small and move fast, very fast. Try prototyping your idea or product on the cheap, and test customer reaction if you can before you embark.
“One big issue is the competition for funding in the venture capital world – it’s very crowded right now so pick your timing well, otherwise you can burn a lot of time.
“I want to see Ireland thrive, but pick the right locations for your start-up. Don’t be afraid of our EU neighbours. Language is not an issue – I speak Dublinish and that works!”

UFO Drive’s vision for electric car rental is out of this world
by John Kennedy

In-Depth: Start-up of the Week
Related: EVs, Europe, entrepreneurs, apps, autotech, funding and investment, smartphones, Tesla, transport
Editor John Kennedy is an award-winning technology journalist.

Link to the article on siliconrepublic.com

COMPUTER BILD.DE - Autovermietung UFODRIVE Hier gibt es nur Tesla & Co

COMPUTER BILD.DE - Autovermietung UFODRIVE Hier gibt es nur Tesla & Co

Autovermietung UFODRIVE: Hier gibt es nur Tesla & Co.

UhrExtravagante Autovermietung: COMPUTER BILD hat die neue UFODRIVE-Mietwagenstation am Flughafen besucht und eine Spritztour unternommen!

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The-PR-Insider.be - Une journée dans Bruxelles avec UFODRIVE

The-PR-Insider.be - Une journée dans Bruxelles avec UFODRIVE

"Si vous ne connaissez pas encore UFODRIVE, alors il est grand temps que je vous en parle tant ce service est génial ! Que vous soyez de passage à Bruxelles pour faire du tourisme ou passionnés de voiture, ce service de location disponible à l’aéroport de Zaventem va vous faire vivre une expérience des plus agréables. Pour ma part, c’est au volant d’une Tesla que ma moitié et moi avons profité d’une journée en plein centre de Bruxelles.
Il y a quelques semaines, j’ai été contactée pour tester UFODRIVE qui lance son application afin de faciliter au maximum la location de voiture. Même si la société propose plusieurs sortes de voitures, c’est une Tesla modèle S qui nous a été confiée. Autant vous dire que nous étions plus que ravis de pouvoir essayer cette sublime voiture électrique durant 24h.

Afin d’en profiter au maximum, nous avons donc décidé de parcourir quelques endroits phares de Bruxelles dont je vous parlerai brièvement un peu plus bas. Mais première étape : aller récupérer la voiture qui se trouve à l’aéroport de Zaventem dans le parking VIP (déjà là, je peux vous assurer qu’on se sent bien). En mission test pour l’application UFODRIVE, que j’avais préalablement téléchargée sur mon téléphone, nous entamons donc cette aventure en l’allumant.
Il faut dire que nous avions réservé notre voiture quelques jours auparavant. Et pour ce faire, nous avions dû sélectionner le véhicule, indiquer les heures qui nous plaisaient le plus et scanner la carte d’identité ainsi que le permis de conduire de mon compagnon et le tour était joué ! Une fois sur place, nous n’avions plus qu’à nous rendre à l’endroit indiqué dans l’application, qui n’hésite d’ailleurs pas à nous guider à l’aide de photos et de localisation.

Une fois devant cette merveille, nous avions donc pu lancer la location* de notre voiture électrique du jour qui se verrouille et se déverrouille avec l’application. A l’intérieur, tout est beau et confortable. L’immense écran tactile sur le tableau de bord est impressionnant et reprend de nombreuses fonctions. Après quelques minutes pour comprendre comment ça fonctionne (ok 30 minutes pour être exact – n’hésitez pas à consulter mes stories BRUXELLES sur Instagram pour revivre la journée avec nous), on est parti ! Aucun ronronnement de moteur, tout est silencieux et la conduite est fluide. Un vrai plaisir sur les routes !
*En dehors de ce partenariat, la location d’une Tesla coûte 159€ pour 24h avec l’application UFODRIVE.
Un petit tour dans Bruxelles en Tesla


* L’Atomium

Après avoir quitté l’aéroport de Zaventem, nous nous sommes rendus à l’Atomium. Impossible de faire l’impasse sur notre monument national. Comme il est possible de visiter certaines boules, nous commençons donc notre visite dans la sphère supérieure qui offre un panorama sur tout Bruxelles. De là-haut, on peut observer la majorité des endroits phares de la ville. Dans l’autre boule que nous avons visitée, quelques photos d’époque pour comparer l’avant et l’après de cette construction qui date de 1958.

* Les Arcades du Cinquantenaire
Construites à l’occasion du cinquantième anniversaire de l’indépendance de la Belgique, ces arcades de 45 mètres de hauteur comportent trois baies orientées vers la ville. Devant ces dernières, un très joli parc tranquille dans lequel il est extrêmement agréable de se promener. L’architecture de ce monument est assez impressionnante car il y a de nombreuses sculptures tout autour de celui-ci. A quelques pas de là, le quartier européen dans lequel on peut retrouver les institutions européennes dont le Parlement. Pour notre part, on en a profité pour s’arrêter manger à Art’s & Bagels qui propose de nombreux bagels différents et qui est ouvert toute la journée.


* Le Palais Royal de Bruxelles
Notre troisième (mini) arrêt s’est fait devant le Palais Royal de Bruxelles dont on n’est pas peu fier tellement il est beau ! Il faut dire que tous les environs valent vraiment la peine d’être vus si vous êtes de passage à Bruxelles. De plus, à quelques minutes de là, on peut observer le Sablon, quartier incontournable de la ville tant il est typique et joli renfermant magasins et bars en tout genre. Même si nous ne nous y sommes pas arrêtés, je vous conseille également vivement de continuer la visite en vous rendant au Palais de Justice et au fameux ascenseur de Bruxelles qui ne sont pas loin non plus.

Au-delà de notre visite de notre capitale en amoureux, ce fut une expérience vraiment exceptionnelle. Mon amoureux étant fan de voitures électriques, conduire une Tesla fut un réel cadeau pour lui. Confort, puissance, originalité, cette voiture de luxe a tout pour elle ! Quant à UFODRIVE, ils tiennent leur promesse. Pas de paperasse et pas d’attente, la location de véhicule se fait en quelques minutes sur leur application. Que ce soit pour récupérer la voiture ou la rendre, tout est rapide et se fait de manière autonome. Je pense sincèrement que cela ferait un beau cadeau pour les amoureux de l’automobile ou pour les touristes qui viennent nous rendre visite."

Category: Voyage

17 décembre 2018

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