A landmark vehicle partnership between Uber Australia and EVDirect will make 10,000 BYD electric vehicles immediately available to Uber drivers and delivery people via a range of flexible and competitive financing options.
EVDirect is the official distributor of BYD in Australia and will be supporting drivers and delivery people who wish to switch to a greener vehicle, with flexible access to competitive vehicle financing via EVFlex.
“Two-thirds of drivers have told us they want to make the switch to an EV, but the number one barrier to doing so is the upfront cost of the car,” said said Dom Taylor, General Manager of Uber Australia and New Zealand.
“Through our new partnership with EVDirect, we are addressing that challenge head-on. Our goal is to provide drivers and delivery people a range of flexible options that make it easier than ever to get behind the wheel of an EV.”
“We’re excited to support drivers and delivery people with a cost-effective way to access EVs,” said Luke Todd, CEO, EVDirect.
“We’ve created flexible financing options as well as easy charging options, and know drivers will reap the benefits of the cheaper operational costs of an EV. What excites me the most is the amount of money drivers and delivery people can save by switching to electric, given the number of kilometres that they drive each day. With the record high fuel prices at the moment, there’s never been a better time to announce such an important opportunity to enable drivers and delivery people on Uber to transition to electric so seamlessly.”
From October, drivers and delivery people on the Uber platform can access competitive and flexible EV financing options on the BYD Atto 3, with more models to become available as they arrive in Australia. Two financing options from EVDirect are immediately available, with a third expected to be available by the end of the year:
- Full Ownership: Path to ownership of the vehicle through a longer-term financing arrangement.
- Flexi Ownership: Path to ownership with the option to return the vehicle after a minimum term.
- More Flexible Offers [coming soon]: More flexible rental and ownership offerings will also become available in early 2024.
Behyad Jafari, CEO of the Electric Vehicle Council, said, “We welcome innovative business partnerships that put meaningful investment behind Australia’s transition to electric vehicles. The financing available via EVDirect should encourage people who drive for Uber or deliver for Uber Eats to shift to EVs, which we know would have an outsized impact on reducing carbon emissions.”