European electric car rental company UFODrive has landed in San Francisco, making the city the first in the US. Their launch follows the company's rapid growth in European cities including London, Paris, Berlin, Amsterdam and Dublin since its founding in 2018.
UFODrive is also planning separate launches in New York and Austin in October. The move was preceded by Hertz leading a $19 million funding round in February. UFODrive already announced at the time that it would focus on the US as its next step.
The company offers a combination of classic daily or weekly rentals and a monthly subscription, but will initially only provide net rentals in San Francisco. You can order through the company's app. Once registered, customers can visit one of two downtown San Francisco car parks on either side of Market Street. The app gives access to their car without a key.
There are about 20 Tesla Model 3 and Model Y models available at launch, funded by Inspiration, an electric vehicle asset finance firm. UFODrive plans to lead with Tesla in the first places, as it did in Europe. The company may also include Ford electric vehicles in the lineup after the expansion. In Europe, the fleet mainly consists of Tesla Model 3, Model S and Model Y, Volkswagen ID.3 and ID.4, Hyundai Kona EV, Cupra Born or Polestar.