Car rental company: Sixt wants to buy tens of thousands of electric cars in China

As of: 10/04/2022 14:41 hrs

Germany’s largest car rental company Sixt has entered into a partnership with Chinese manufacturer BYD to expand its fleet. In the coming years, he wants to order 100,000 electric vehicles there.

Sixt is investing massively in the conversion of its vehicle range in Europe – and has chosen the Chinese manufacturer BYD as an important partner. As a first step, the rental car company will order several thousand purely battery-powered vehicles from BYD, the company announced today. They should already be bookable in Europe in the coming weeks, starting in Germany, France, the Netherlands and Great Britain.

Customers can initially rent the E-SUV Atto 3 from BYD. Sixt plans to purchase approximately 100,000 vehicles from BYD over the next six years. With the investment, the rental company wants to promote the conversion of its fleet to electric vehicles. So far, only every tenth car the company rents from Pullach near Munich has an electric drive.

Plans for expansion in Europe

Within eight years, the fleet will be largely converted to electric vehicles. According to its own statements, Sixt “relies on a wide range of manufacturers and models”. By 2030, 70 to 90 percent of cars must be electric.

The large order helps Chinese automaker BYD with its expansion plans in Europe. Until now, manufacturers from China such as BYD, Xpeng, Aiways, SAIC are still little known in Germany and Europe. But that could change in the coming months. The Chinese manufacturer Nio also wants to enter the European markets and will announce details soon.

Hertz orders from Tesla and GM

Other large rental companies are also focusing their fleets more on e-vehicles. American rival Hertz already announced in January that it wanted to order 100,000 Teslas before the end of the year. A few days ago, another large order from Hertz to General Motors for 175,000 electric vehicles was announced. Tesla’s e-vehicles are also already offered at Avis. Sixt has also announced that it will establish its own charging infrastructure for e-cars.

BYD (“Build your dreams”) started in 1995 as a manufacturer of rechargeable batteries. According to its own statements, the company is now represented in more than 70 countries and regions. Sixt manager Vinzenz Pflanzen explained that BYD is currently the world’s largest manufacturer of e-cars with more than one million vehicles produced between January and August 2022.

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