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UFODrive Car rental

Why all-digital, all-electric car rental UFODRIVE might be the company car solution you’re looking for

Many Dutch entrepreneurs consider having a company car as the next step in professionalizing their business. Nothing looks more sophisticated than rolling up to your clients in your own modern vehicle. But that desire is often not fulfilled because of several practicalities, ranging from significant costs for your business to simply not knowing where to park around your office. Meanwhile modern shared platforms often have you driving around with someone else’s advertisements. There is another way, as car-rental startup UFODRIVE proves.

Company cars: do you buy, lease, rent or share?

When you are considering a company car, there are several options to explore. Owning or leasing a car can be the preferred option. However, it requires a long-term commitment. There will be significant costs, even if the car is not being used. And on top of the depreciation and fuel costs, you’ll have to find – and pay for – your own parking. Good luck if your business is located anywhere in the centre of a Dutch city.

There are alternatives that might be more flexible and cost-efficient. Traditional car-rental is the most obvious one. But renting a car can be a hassle. Picking up a rental car often involves long queues, lots of paperwork, confusing insurances and hidden costs. Then there are several modern initiatives for car-sharing popping up in Dutch cities. They are generally the cheapest option if you don’t use a car all day every day and are easy to pick up. However, rolling up to your clients in a brightly coloured compact, covered in stickers and branding that is not yours, might not give the first impression you’re looking for as an entrepreneur.

The hassle-free and flexible way of driving a company car

That is why UFODRIVE seeks to combine the advantages of those options and with their all-electric, app-based car rental. The startup offers stylish cars for a professional impression, without any of the long-term commitment or costs involved with ownership.

Renting them is just as easy as grabbing a shared vehicle from the street. Make a reservation in the app, find your car in a central parking garage where the UFOBAY is located, unlock it with your smartphone and drive off whenever you want. There are no hidden fees, you know exactly what you pay beforehand. And you only pay when you actually use the car. Don’t worry about topping up the fuel tank anymore, even charging is included in the fixed price.

The intuitive app ensures there’s no paperwork and no queues. UFODRIVE guarantees you always get the exact car you’ve made a reservation for. Added bonus: no more looking for a place to park (or paying a small fortune for a parking permit), as UFODRIVE has its own spot and is available for you 24/7.

 ufodrive app

UFODRIVE now offers its all-electric fleet in the three largest cities in The Netherlands. Entrepreneurs located in the hearts of Amsterdam, Rotterdam or Den Haag can pick-up a car whenever they need. More cities will be added later this year.

UFODRIVE not only offers a modern driving experience in some of the most modern and safe cars from Tesla, Hyundai or Jaguar, all their cars are also 100 percent electric. This ensures your company can drive without any CO2-emissions. UFODRIVE even sends you a report on how much you and your employees have saved in carbon emissions. Don’t worry about range anxiety, as UFODRIVE’s smart support feature gives you an early heads up if the battery runs low. If needed, it will help you find the nearest charger, no matter where you are.

UFODRIVE for business

The all-electric, app-based rental-startup offers several plans. Consumers can sign up for free for the pay-as-you-go option. Business users get some added advantages for even more transparency on pricing, as you’ll always pay the lowest price on the website. This means you can always expect the exact same rates, even in times of high demand or when you have to make a last-minute reservation.

You can also add employees or partners to the business-account, and let them use the company car at the same rates. UFODRIVE is about to launch a membership-option for consumers as well, where a small monthly fee will get you a discount on every booking.

To find out more about having on-demand access to a state-of-the-art company car, check UFODRIVE.com. Download the app in the Google Play Store or Apple App Store, create your account and you’ll be on the road in no-time. Readers from SiliconCanals can use the UFODRIVE discount code RSCANALS to receive a 5% or 30 euro discount on the first booking.

This article is produced in collaboration with Silicon Canals. Read more about our partnering opportunities.

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Why UFODRIVE may be the company car solution you’re looking for

Why UFODRIVE may be the company car solution you’re looking for

UFODrive rents out electric vehicles including the Tesla Model 3 and Jaguar I-Pace via its app-based booking platform for prices starting at €69 per day 

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App-based platforms for on-demand car hire are becoming all the rage in large cities, with several automotive giants launching services – but UFODrive comes with a difference in its all-electric fleet.

The Luxembourg start-up is already up and running in cities across Europe, including Paris, Berlin, Brussels and Vienna.

It recently launched in London, with a list of more locations to follow in the coming months.

UFODrive’s electric cars – which include the Tesla Model 3, Jaguar I-Pace and Nissan Leaf – can be rented from €69 ($75) per day, with bookings made via a mobile app and vehicles using keyless access technology.

They all have ranges of more than 200 miles and can use any of the 100,000 charging points across the UK and Europe.

After launching the London service in January 2020, Irish founder and CEO Aidan McClean speaks to NS Business about the company’s journey so far, the challenges it faces and where it’s heading.

Tell us how UFODrive came to be and how it works?

UFODrive was created out of my personal frustration. I’ve travelled my entire professional career and regularly had to queue an hour for rental car.

These cars were also all damaging to the environment so I created UFODrive, which is a 100% electric vehicle car hire business.

UFODrive founder Aidan McClean 1

We’re mobile only so our customers can reserve and pick up their car in two minutes.

We are on a mission to dramatically reduce air pollution in cities through the use of EVs.

What makes UFODrive different to other car hire platforms already on the market?

All our vehicles are fully electric, with 100 Teslas in prime locations in central London currently, for example.

The business is based around our unique app, which is used for booking cars as well as offering 24/7 support and journey navigation.

This includes co-ordination with charging points throughout Europe, where we offer unlimited free charging.

How has the company grown since its inception and what’s been behind the growth? 

UFODrive members have driven over six million kilometres in just 18 months.

We have grown rapidly to be in 16 locations across eight countries including the UK, Ireland, France, Germany and the Netherlands.

Our cars are either in central city locations or airports, where they are needed most.

We’ve agreed to launch in over 20 new cities in the coming months, which includes growth in the USA.

What kind of difficulties are involved when setting up in new cities?

UFODrive rents out electric vehicles including the Tesla Model 3 and Jaguar I-Pace via its app-based booking platform for prices starting at €69 per day

UFODrive - London

UFODrive launched in London in January 2020 (Credit: UFODrive)

App-based platforms for on-demand car hire are becoming all the rage in large cities, with several automotive giants launching services – but UFODrive comes with a difference in its all-electric fleet.

The Luxembourg start-up is already up and running in cities across Europe, including Paris, Berlin, Brussels and Vienna.

It recently launched in London, with a list of more locations to follow in the coming months.

UFODrive’s electric cars – which include the Tesla Model 3, Jaguar I-Pace and Nissan Leaf – can be rented from €69 ($75) per day, with bookings made via a mobile app and vehicles using keyless access technology.

They all have ranges of more than 200 miles and can use any of the 100,000 charging points across the UK and Europe.

After launching the London service in January 2020, Irish founder and CEO Aidan McClean speaks to NS Business about the company’s journey so far, the challenges it faces and where it’s heading.

 

Tell us how UFODrive came to be and how it works?

UFODrive was created out of my personal frustration. I’ve travelled my entire professional career and regularly had to queue an hour for rental car.

These cars were also all damaging to the environment so I created UFODrive, which is a 100% electric vehicle car hire business.

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UFODrive founder Aidan McClean (Credit: UFODrive)

We’re mobile only so our customers can reserve and pick up their car in two minutes.

We are on a mission to dramatically reduce air pollution in cities through the use of EVs.

What makes UFODrive different to other car hire platforms already on the market?

All our vehicles are fully electric, with 100 Teslas in prime locations in central London currently, for example.

The business is based around our unique app, which is used for booking cars as well as offering 24/7 support and journey navigation.

This includes co-ordination with charging points throughout Europe, where we offer unlimited free charging.

How has the company grown since its inception and what’s been behind the growth? 

UFODrive members have driven over six million kilometres in just 18 months.

We have grown rapidly to be in 16 locations across eight countries including the UK, Ireland, France, Germany and the Netherlands.

Our cars are either in central city locations or airports, where they are needed most.

We’ve agreed to launch in over 20 new cities in the coming months, which includes growth in the USA.

What kind of difficulties are involved when setting up in new cities?

One of the challenges most car hire businesses have is that airports run very restrictive tender processes.

It’s often difficult for any new companies to work with them. However, we’ve been able to overcome that hurdle as we’re 100% electric and help towards their environmental, social and governance goals.

Our model has allowed us to work as partners with airports across Europe, becoming the first new car rental business at some locations in over 20 years.

The other challenge is the electric requirements for each vehicle within our car park locations.

This requires significant investment and regular management to ensure the best support for our users.

Is there enough EV charging infrastructure for your operation and what’s your view on the best way to improve this?

As EVs grow in popularity, naturally there will need to be more – specifically fast charging – points installed.

However, right now the infrastructure available is perfect for anyone who wants to drive cars like a Tesla or Nissan Leaf as 90% of journeys are less than 100km per day.

Nissan LEAF Charging 1 source

With vehicle range now up to 400km, often our customers don’t have to charge at all during a two or three-day rental.

There’s been a lot of talk about car consumption models moving from ownership to on-demand renting. What needs to happen for car clubs to really take off and displace ownership as the primary consumption model?

I don’t think that car hire and sharing schemes will replace ownership in the near future, as certain people still like the freedom of owning their own vehicle.

However, many others have realised they don’t need a permanent vehicle. Maybe they live in a city and it would just be a hassle.

This is where tech has combined with the industry to become part of the mobility solution.

As well as buses and trains, there are e-bikes and e-scooters for short, inner city trips; and car-sharing platforms if you just need to move around for a few hours or car rental services, like ours, for a few days.

We’re all playing a part in helping the world travel easier, cleaner and with less congestion.

The key is awareness – knowing that all these solutions are available and the difference they can make.

How much research are you doing into autonomous cars and what impact could these have on your business model?

Autonomous cars are very interesting and like anyone in the sector, we’re keeping an eye on how we could use this technology.

But I believe we’re still a long way from a fully-adopted autonomous solution.

For us, there are many exciting new developments in electric vehicles, primarily around battery and range that we’re focused on.

UFODrive

From our research, these are key for further continued and sustained growth in our market.

By working with some of the biggest names in manufacturing and production, we want to continue to innovate and offer the best solutions available.

A lot of car-sharing businesses are already in London but others have dropped out, including Daimler’s DriveNow. Does this make entering such a crowded market more daunting and what do you need to do to ensure you succeed?

There are a number of companies but no one who is doing what we are so we actually believe we have an advantage.

All of UFODrive’s vehicles are 100% electric and in major city centre or airport locations. This is a key differentiator for us.

We’ve seen in our growth thus far that our proposition is unique and people want the flexibility of a car without the negative consequences.

As a result, we encourage as much exploration as possible, hence why we offer unlimited free charging across Europe.

We also know that our customer service is a big part of our success. With our app and in-car service, we ensure that the driver always feels comfortable with their driving range and charging management, both vital if it’s your first or 100th time in an EV.

https://www.ns-businesshub.com/transport/ufodrive-car-hire/

 

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UFODRIVE all-electric car hire platform expands into London

UFODRIVE all-electric car hire platform expands into London

UFODRIVE has expanded its exclusively electric car hire solution into London, offering 100 fully electric cars to rent across the capital.

The platform already provides a fleet of Tesla Model 3 and Model S hire cars in cities including Paris, Brussels and Berlin, and is now available from two central London locations – Oxford Street and Park Lane – while vehicles will also be available from Westfield Shepherd’s Bush soon.

As well as the Teslas, the fleet is being expanded to cover other makes and models such as Audi’s e-tron. Rental costs from £90 per day, which includes unlimited free charging as well as full insurance and roadside cover. Each car can access any of the 100,000 charging points across the UK and Europe, with in-built real-time automated navigation technology to help eliminate range and charging concerns.

Bookings are made via the UFODRIVE mobile app with drivers able to use the car immediately through keyless access technology

CEO Aidan McClean said: “All travel will become emission-free. It simply has to happen; however, most people still believe this will only be in the future. The technology exists today for all cars to work perfectly without the environmental impact

“Since launching UFODRIVE, our users have driven over six million kilometres across Europe on electric alone, and we’re now incredibly excited to bring our solution to London, where there is a significant need to reduce the city’s emissions for the health and wellbeing of its locals and surroundings.”

 

https://fleetworld.co.uk/ufodrive-all-electric-car-hire-platform-expands-into-london/

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UK’s First Electric Car Hire Platform Launches In London

UK’s First Electric Car Hire Platform Launches In London

The UK’s first electric car hire platform has launched in London, allowing users to rent 100 zero-emissions cars across the capital.

UFODRIVE is now available in two central London locations, including Oxford Street and Park Lane, and will launch in Westfield Shepherd’s Bush soon.

Rentals cost £90 per day and include unlimited free charges at any of the 100,000 charging points available across the UK and Europe. Each car comes with a built-in, real-time automated navigation system to eliminate range and charge concerns.

Founded by Aidan McClean in 2018, UFODRIVE is on a mission to provide the world’s fastest and easiest car rental experience while reducing paperwork, queues, fuel, emissions and hassle for its users.

The service is already available 24/7 in a number of city and airport locations across eight European countries and has seen 487,000 liters of fuel avoided. 

Speaking about the launch, McClean said: “All travel will become emission-free. It simply has to happen. However,  most people still believe this will only be in the future. The technology exists today for all cars to work perfectly without the environmental impact.”

Drivers can quickly make bookings via an easy-to-use mobile app, and they’re able to use the car immediately as a result of keyless access technology. 

Currently, users can choose between Tesla Model S and Model 3 vehicles. But the company revealed that it’s planning to bring other models, such as Audi’s E-tron, in the near future.

These cars, which come with full insurance and roadside cover for the entire rental period, are 100% electric to reduce the carbon footprint of the driver and sport a driving range of 200 miles before they need to be charged.  

McClean added: “Since launching UFODRIVE, our users have driven over six million kilometres across Europe on electric alone.

“We’re now incredibly excited to bring our solution to London, where there is a significant need to reduce the city’s emissions for the health and wellbeing of its locals and surroundings.”

 

Link --> https://www.forbes.com/sites/nicholasfearn/2020/02/01/uks-first-electronic-car-hire-platform-launches-in-london/#281226aa5358

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UFODRIVE: On The Way To Change Car Rental For Good

UFODRIVE: On The Way To Change Car Rental For Good

Since its inception in 2018, UFODRIVE quickly became one of the most intriguing startups in Luxembourg. With a recent fundraise and ambitious growth plans, the car rental company is ready to roll in the upcoming year, as CEO Aidan McClean told us.
For the ones who do not know UFODRIVE yet, what is your startup all about?

UFODRIVE is really about solving all car rental pain points you experience today in airports and city centers. It is an easy, fast, and simple way to rent a car in prime locations. Instead of the 45-50 minute wait you typically experience in an airport, it takes just two minutes with UFODRIVE. Every aspect from booking to opening the car is handled via our app with just a few clicks.

We offer only electric cars and premium electric cars, which is for two reasons: To help to protect the environment from air pollution and to provide an overall better customer experience as we take care of charging the car, including covering the costs for that and monitoring our cars’ ranges 24/7.

“We had some phenomenal 12 months.”

Additionally, the experience of collecting your car is completely different than with a normal car park. It is more like a rental store with high-intensity lighting, chargers onsite, and screens explaining how the whole process works. So it is also kind of a special experience when you collect your car at one of our stations, which we call “UFOBAY”.

What progress did you make in 2019?

Since we started the company in May 2018 at Luxembourg’s Findel Airport, everything went kind of into “fast forward” mode. This year, we had some phenomenal 12 months. We offered our service only in three locations at the beginning of 2019. Now, by the end of the year, we are present in eight countries with a total of 15 locations.

After opening first in cities relatively close to Luxembourg, we started to offer our service in places that are further away. For example, our service is now available in Vienna and as of lately also in Berlin.

What are your plans for 2020 after recently closing a new funding round?

After raising the first part of our seed round in 2018 to get started with our business, we now basically closed the second part of it. We raised 2.6 million Euros from Dublin-based Business Venture Partners (BVP), which will help to fuel our growth next year.

We plan a rapid increase in expansion and to build on our momentum in 2020 to have a truly global footprint by this time next year. We signed more than 20 new prime locations in 2019 that will be opened all over Europe and even beyond next year. I can’t share any specifics yet but we will also go across oceans, to say the least. We kick 2020 off by opening several locations in London.

“The quantum of our Series A will be significant.“

Despite our growth ambitions, we are planning to stay as lean as possible. We are 16 people now and when we will hire new employees, we will do so very consciously. In this regard, we will fill positions primarily in technology, sales, and marketing.

After all, it is also our goal to do another round of fundraising next year. The quantum of our Series A will be significant. Hopefully a multiple of what we just raised.

What would you recommend to other founders with regard to raising venture capital?

I can recommend to other founders to not go out cold when trying to raise venture capital. I probably wasted a few months when I initially tried to approach VCs that way. Many ideas look great on presentation slides but it is never just about the idea. You have to demonstrate that you are able to execute with your team.

For our initial funding, it helped a lot to have a great network in Luxembourg and to be able to show that my co-founder and I had lots of experience with large scale IT and transformation projects in our previous jobs. Thanks to that we could get the first investment and start UFODRIVE.

Founders should try to go with the simplest way to get their business off the ground in the beginning. This could be with the help of business angels. Once you can show traction and revenue, everything changes. Then you can start and try to go down the VC route.

 https://www.siliconluxembourg.lu/ufodrive-on-the-way-to-change-car-rental-for-good/

 

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Meet Aidan McClean, the CEO who took down the GVS pitch battle

Meet Aidan McClean, the CEO who took down the GVS pitch battle

Last week, Silicon Valley came to Luxembourg! The Global Venture Summit (GVS) consolidated the Grand Duchy's position as a leading start-up nation. One of the event's highlights was the pitch battle. Meet the CEO who took it down.

Numerous entrepreneurs and founders of start-ups took part in the much-anticipated GVS pitch battle, competing for a chance to win $50,000 in investment and a trip to Silicon Valley to meet with investors.

It was ultimately Aidan McClean's pitch that took down the battle.

We had a chat with the CEO of UFODRIVE. 

Congratulations on winning the pitch battle! Could you tell us a little bit about yourself and about your company?

My name's Aidan McClean, I'm from Ireland but I've lived in Luxembourg for the past seven years. I'm a former financial services executive specialising in big digital transformations in banking, insurance and wealth management. I'm passionate about electric mobility, great customer experience, and the environment. After many frustrating car rental experiences, I decided to create a radically better approach: an "out of this world" customer experience. The result is UFODRIVE.

So what exactly is UFODRIVE? Was makes it so innovative?

It is a 100% digital car rental experience via a smartphone. The entire process takes just 2 minutes - compared to traditional car rental which takes on average 45 mins from arrival at a rental desk to driving away.

UFODRIVE solves all the pain points of car rental with a simple 'Arrive & Drive' process. No key, no paperwork, no queuing, all-inclusive insurance and with free fuel (we have premium electric cars only) making UFODRIVE not just a great experience but also the best value in class.

UFODRIVE was launched in Luxembourg last May (2018) and has grown successfully and rapidly to 8 countries and 15 locations in just 18 months. We operate in the best, most convenient airport locations (e.g. Brussels, Hamburg, Vienna, Luxembourg, Cologne) and prime city centre locations (such as Dublin, Amsterdam, London, Berlin and Paris). Our collection facility is called the UFOBAY and is more like a high end car showroom than a carpark. We have developed a unique e-mobility platform that monitors and supports 24/7 the customer journey to ensure they never have to worry about range and charging. UFODRIVE eliminates range anxiety.

Any next step or plans for UFODRIVE?

We are now finalising our SERIES A funding round which will help us expand globally in addition to further exciting technology developments on our unique e-Mobility platform.

What did you hope to get out of GVS?

I hoped to learn from and connect with established experts in Global Venture Capital with a view to taking UFODRIVE global.

I'm sure you came closer to that goal by winning the pitch battle! How did you prepare for that?

We prepared a few simple messages, mostly images and - just told the story of UFODRIVE and our ambitions to rapidly grow internationally while helping to encourage electric mobility.

What did you pay particular attention to? Any tips for other entrepreneurs who pitch an idea or project? Any mistakes they should avoid?

1. You have to get the audience's attention in the first 20 seconds or else it's lost.

2. Your solutions needs to relate to a problem the audience can understand immediately.

3. Keep the messages simple and non-complicated

4. Be passionate and genuine

5. Smile and enjoy it!

Did it ever happen to you that a pitch did not go according to plan? Can nervousness become an issue?

I'm always nervous before a pitch /speech - even the most seasoned music stars get nervous after thousands of performances - it gives you the adrenaline and makes it real.

I'd say don't take it too seriously - half the audience are not listening to you anyway and the rest probably can't understand my fast-talking Irish accent!

I once got the giggles many years ago when speaking in front of a big audience in the US that included Bill Gates - couldn't stop smiling and giggling - think I scared the audience!

Thank you for your time, and good luck!

 

Full article -> https://today.rtl.lu/news/business-and-tech/a/1436702.html

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