GO Rentals announced that it is adding at least nine Tesla Model Y EVs to its fleet, already effective at Auckland Airport and soon to be available at all GO Rentals locations later this year, including Auckland City, Wellington, Christchurch, Dunedin, Queenstown, and Nelson (excluding Waiheke).
The Tesla Model Y will have connectivity to the GO Rentals mobile app. This will allow all GO Rentals customers to have functionality such as remote lock/unlock, the horn, lights, and monitoring the battery percentage.
"As travel opens up and we head into summer, we are pleased to be expanding our options of how locals and international visitors can enjoy traveling around the country, the Tesla Y is a phenomenal model to offer our customers," said James Dalglish, chief operating officer, GO Rentals. "There are plenty of advantages in opting for an EV — and not just to protect the planet. You don't have to fill it up on return! Charging using the Tesla supercharger network is super efficient. You can get from 20% to 80% in about 30 minutes if the battery is preconditioned."
John Osborne, director of GO Rentals added: "We want a sustainable world. With more than 85% of the power in New Zealand being renewable energy, EVs are a fantastic option for the Kiwi public. Over the long term the benefits to the country and the world are huge. Think of the foreign exchange the country will save by not buying all that oil from offshore.’’
The company said that the Tesla vehicles fit in perfectly with the country's environmental goals to reduce CO2 emissions. A survey conducted by financial site Finder revealed that 45% of New Zealanders would consider buying an electric vehicle as their next car, while 56% of Gen Z would consider an EV, followed by 51% of Millennials and 44% of Gen X. GO Rentals believes offering this EV will offer a valuable test drive experience for the country's residents.