Vehicle rental service SIXT Australia has announced today that it will bolster its national fleet with at least 500 new BYD electric vehicles, further widening the range of EVs on offer for its customers. Internationally, SIXT has committed to purchasing as many as 100,000 EVs.
As part of SIXT Australia’s commitment to growing the largest and most wide-ranging EV fleet for hire, SIXT has signed an exclusive partnership with BYD, committing to buying an additional 500 EVs over the next 12 months.
SIXT already offer a range of EVs to hire including a Hyundai Ioniq, Tesla Model 3, Hyundai Kona EV, MG ZS EV and BMW IX3.
Australia is experiencing a large growth in electric vehicle sales. Having the ability to select an EV when hiring a vehicle is a great thing, however, fleet buys will compete with private vehicle owners who have struggled to get supply to match our growing demand. Hopefully, bulk purchases like this can help manufacturers secure more supply for Australia as previous batches of 500 units sell out in minutes.
The BYD ATTO 3’s are expected to become the first BYD vehicles available for hire through SIXT from mid-2023 and will offer SIXT customers an EV experience at an affordable price point.
The BYD Atto 3 offers up to 410km of driving range (NEDC) on the standard range battery and up to 480KM on the Extended Range option.
SIXT Australia CEO, Matthew Beattie said this is another example of SIXT Australia’s commitment to leading the mobility market towards an EV future.
“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. 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.
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.”
BYD has evolved from being the world’s largest battery manufacturer to a leader in electric vehicle sales worldwide, launching the ATTO 3 model in Australia which features their Blade Battery technology. In the short time since launch in 2022, BYD quickly rose to be the second leading EV car manufacturer in Australia.
Mr Beattie said as the cost of fuel remains high across Australia, there is no better time to try out an EV with SIXT and take advantage of complimentary recharging.
“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.”
Sixt launched in 2021 with the largest fleet of electric vehicles in Australia and this new partnership with BYD will accelerate plans to convert half of its 16,000 nationwide rental fleet to electric in the coming years to help deliver on the nation’s net zero emissions target.
To find out more information or book an EV go to https://www.sixt.com.au/electric-vehicle-