Sixt is adding electric cars from the Chinese car manufacturer BYD to its range on a large scale. In a first step, Germany’s largest car rental company orders several thousand purely battery-powered vehicles. Sixt customers should be able to book the first cars in Europe in the next few weeks – starting in Germany, France, the Netherlands and Great Britain. It starts with the E-SUV Atto 3 from BYD.
Sixt plans to purchase around 100,000 more e-cars over the next six years. Sixt and BYD did not comment on the financial volume of their long-term cooperation. The partnership will give BYD (“Build Your Dreams”) a powerful boost in the Chinese car manufacturer’s race for one of the top places in expansion in Europe. The possibility of cooperation in various regions of the world is also being explored. To date, BYD, Xpeng, Aiways, SAIC and other manufacturers from the Middle Kingdom that are hardly known in Europe are feeling their way rather than flooding the market with electric vehicles. In the meantime, however, the announcements are increasing. The car manufacturer Nio wants to provide information on its plans for Europe on Friday in Berlin. Sixt wants to convert most of its rental car fleet in Europe to electric vehicles over the next eight years and, according to its own statements, is relying on a wide range of manufacturers and models. By 2030, 70 to 90 percent of cars should be electric.