Free2move features cool options for the hot rental car market!

Free2move offers vehicles for get aways across the U.S.A. and Europe

Paris – WEBWIRE



Free2move, driven to create innovative mobility solutions that simplify vehicle access, is moving into the vacation season with cool options for the hot rental car market! Through the easy-to-use Free2move app, customers have seamless access to vehicles not available through any other brokers. In the tight automobile market, which has seen dramatic shortages over the past couple of years, Free2move is dedicated to maximizing the customer experience with more than 450,000 vehicles available in 170 countries!



The rental demand is already exploding over the past three months, with +40% every month. Summer marks a peak season for the car rental market. At Free2move, 44% of all bookings have a duration of one week or more, and 16% of booking are created for long weekends. Demand is already ramping up, with a 22% increase in May bookings compared to those from April.



Free2move has established Mobility Hubs across Europe and the U.S.A., with fleets of vehicles available by the minute, by the week, or by the month, accessed through the Free2move app. The company has succeeded in developing a profitable business model for a sustainable mobility solution. Free2move’s success has been equally as exciting for customers who need simple and reliable access to vehicles, without the long-term constraints that vehicle ownership entails.



“At Free2move, the customer experience is at the heart of what we do,” shares Brigitte Courtehoux, CEO Free2move. “Our dynamic solution is constantly evolving to predict our customer demands. And we are dedicated to growth and expansion – through our recent acquisition of Opel Rent, for example, we’ve expanded our fleets and the cities our services are offered in! The summer months are traditionally travel months, and we know Free2move Rent will deliver the best vehicle access options for our customers.”



Once rented, the vehicles can be taken wherever the customer desires, with a 250 kilometers per day default. For customers traveling in the U.S.A. this summer, Jeep® Renegade or Jeep Compass vehicles are available. Across Europe, Free2move customers will find a variety of options depending on the country, electric, plug-in Hybrid or ICE, starting from Peugeot 108, Peugeot 208 to Citroën C4, Opel Corsa, Opel Mokka, Peugeot 3008 or Citroën Spacetourer, etc.



As part of the Stellantis group, Free2move has the power to allocate more vehicles into the rental sector, especially during the supply shortage. Free2move is integrated on both Kayak and Skyscanner metasearches, further facilitating access and availability. And Free2move Rent includes it’s own fleet, as well as access to fleets from providers such as Hertz, Avis, Budget and Europcar.

 

Free2Move

Free2Move is the only global mobility brand offering a complete and unique ecosystem for its private and professional customers around the world. Relying on data and technology, Free2Move puts the customer experience at the heart of the business to reinvent mobility. Free2Move offers a range of services to satisfy the multiple travel needs of its customers from one minute to several days or months with car-sharing service, short-, medium- or long-term rentals, as well as the reservation of VTC drivers, parking spaces and charging stations via the app.



Free2Move Mobility in figures worldwide: 2 million customers, 450,000 rental vehicles, 500,000 parking spaces, 250,000 charging points (in Europe). 

Canada – New Refuelling Options for Drivers Along Trans-Canada Highway

Today, the Honourable Jonathan Wilkinson, Minister of Natural Resources, announced a more than $1-million investment in Newfoundland Power Inc. for the takeCHARGE network to install 38 electric vehicles (EV) chargers in Newfoundland and Labrador.

April 6, 2022           St. John’s, Newfoundland and Labrador       Natural Resources Canada              

Reducing pollution from the transportation sector is critical to Canada achieving its climate targets. That’s why the Government of Canada is supporting Newfoundland and Labrador with more options to drive cleaner, helping Canadians and industry transition to a net-zero future.

Today, the Honourable Jonathan Wilkinson, Minister of Natural Resources, announced a more than $1-million investment in Newfoundland Power Inc. for the takeCHARGE network to install 38 electric vehicles (EV) chargers in Newfoundland and Labrador.

Federal funding is provided through Natural Resources Canada’s Electric Vehicle and Alternative Fuel Infrastructure Deployment (EVAFIDI) and Zero-Emission Vehicle Infrastructure Program (ZEVIP). All chargers will be accessible to the public by November 2022. Newfoundland Power Inc. also contributed more than $1.9 million, bringing the total project cost to more than $3 million.

Since 2015, Canada has invested $1 billion to make EVs more affordable and chargers more accessible for Canadians. These investments are supporting the establishment of a coast-to-coast network of chargers along Canada’s highway systems, as well as chargers in local areas where Canadians live, work and play. Federal rebates of up to $5,000 are helping more Canadians make the switch to an EV. The recently announced Emission Reduction Plan is providing a historic investment of over $3 billion in additional zero-emission-vehicle (ZEV)-related funding to help Canada achieve its ambitious sale targets and further reduce emissions from the sector. This investment includes $400 million in additional funding for ZEV charging stations in support of the government’s objective of adding 50,000 ZEV chargers to Canada’s network. Canada’s Infrastructure Bank will also invest $500 million in large-scale ZEV charging and refueling infrastructure that is revenue-generating and in the public interest.

These investments are yet another step in reaching Canada’s target of ensuring all new passenger vehicles sold in Canada are zero-emission by 2035. And, just like investments in everything from clean technology to nature protection, today’s announcement is part of achieving Canada’s ambitious climate change goals to build a cleaner, healthier and affordable future for all Canadians.

“We’re giving Canadians cleaner transportation options to get to where they need to go by making electric vehicle infrastructure more accessible. Investments like the ones announced today in Newfoundland and Labrador will put Canadians in the driver’s seat on the road to a net-zero future and help achieve our climate goals.”

The Honourable Jonathan Wilkinson


Minister of Natural Resources Canada

“We’re excited to be installing these chargers over the coming months. This funding will increase the EV charging network, which helps to eliminate the range barrier to owning an EV in our province. These chargers are placed in strategic locations to ensure that EV drivers will be able to venture into new areas and will also encourage more people to make the switch to electric.”

Byron Chubbs

Vice President, Engineering and Energy Supply, Newfoundland Power

“Since the province’s first fast-charging network came online last year, we have seen continued interest and growth in electric vehicles throughout our province. Increasing access to chargers around the island and in Labrador helps make EV ownership a realistic option for people in the province while also supporting a greener future for Newfoundland and Labrador.”

Jennifer Williams


President and CEO Newfoundland & Labrador Hydro