Hyundai Canada is giving clients in components of the nation a brand new strategy to expertise driving electrical autos earlier than they purchase.
The South Korea-based automaker has partnered with Turo, Canada’s largest peer-to-peer automobile sharing firm, in a program known as EValuate. Canadians inquisitive about EVs however not able to commit, can ebook a Hyundai EV immediately by means of Turo for a multi-day trial for a day by day introductory fee of $150.
Customers aged 25 and over with a sound licence from the province they’re testing in are eligible to make use of this system. If they go on to buy a Hyundai EV, they are going to obtain a $500 incentive utilized to the acquisition value.
Canadian drivers can assess the vary, comfort, security options and driving expertise of Hyundai EVs, Hyundai stated in a information launch.
Select Canadian dealerships will checklist Hyundai electrical autos on the Turo car-sharing platform. With the clicking of a button, Canadians can then ebook a Hyundai EV take a look at drive by means of the Turo web site or app.
The solely EV mannequin listed as accessible on Turo is Hyundai’s Ioniq 5. The web site states the Kona EV might be accessible later this 12 months.
Bassem El-Rahimy, Turo’s director and head of promoting, Canada, stated the introductory day by day fee of $150 might change, topic to market situations.
Hyundai and Turo stated the partnership goals to handle obstacles to widespread EV adoption. Turo’s latest Car Ownership Index discovered that 86 per cent of Canadians have by no means had the chance to drive an EV. The index additionally discovered 66 per cent of Canadians would really feel extra comfy making the change to an EV if they’d the chance to expertise it for just a few days to every week.
“There is a real need-state to address consumer queries and hesitations about electric vehicles,” stated Don Romano, Hyundai Canada CEO. “Through this partnership with Turo, we look forward to giving Canadians the opportunity to learn more about how our EVs can seamlessly fit into their lifestyles, for a more sustainable tomorrow.”
El-Rahimy stated in an interview that Hyundai and Turo have been in discussions for a while on a possible partnership, and got here up with the EValuate program throughout one brainstorming session. In Canada, Turo has about 500 different EVs listed on its platform, however they’re privately owned used autos. “Hyundai realizes that a traditional test drive is just not enough for most people anymore,” El-Rahimy stated.
“Turo has one of the largest selections of EVs of any car sharing marketplace in Canada,” stated Cedric Mathieu, vice-president and head of Turo Canada. We are proud to associate with Hyundai to drastically broaden our electrical car choices and make it simpler than ever for Canadians to get pleasure from an prolonged EV take a look at drive.”
Hyundai stated this system is out there in choose cities in Quebec and Ontario and can roll out throughout extra Canadian markets all through this 12 months, starting with B.C.