Car rental agency

Electric vehicles are more popular at GO Rentals as it secures a new partner

The world’s largest car rental company is looking to boost its New Zealand fleet for an influx of foreign tourists.

There have been supply chain issues for rental companies trying to bolster their electric vehicle fleets in New Zealand.
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GO Rentals’ new partnership with Enterprise Holdings will allow it to operate three brands – Enterprise Rent-A-Car, National and Alamo on roads nationwide.

And going electric is becoming an increasingly viable option.

Electric vehicles are popular with people who avoid heavy gas guzzlers, but local businesses have faced supply chain delays to get these new cars on the road.

GO Rentals director John Osborne said international travel was starting to pick up.

“As travel opens up, more and more people need affordable and reliable rentals to see the New Zealand sights they’ve so missed,” he said.

GO Rentals was the first company in New Zealand to have Teslas in its rental fleet.

There were many benefits to opting for an EV – and not just to protect the planet.

“You don’t have to fill it out when you return. We’ll charge you for it for free,” he said.

With 20 Teslas already in its fleet, Osborne said GO Rentals will add the Model Y as soon as it becomes available.

“We want a sustainable world. With over 80% of electricity in New Zealand being green energy, electric vehicles are a fantastic option for the Kiwi public.”

As an added bonus for rental customers looking to take an electric vehicle for a ride, some of these cars would not have rental signage.

“In the long term, the benefits for the country and the world are enormous,” he said.

“Think of the foreign currency the country will save by not buying all that oil overseas.”

Demand for rental cars had held up particularly well in the domestic market, driving up rental costs since the pre-Covid-19 era.

“I would say prices are generally up 20-25% from pre-Covid levels,” he said.

“Costs are still quite variable depending on the season – whether it’s a busy time of year or not.”

Areas like Queenstown have at times experienced vehicle shortages, he said.

American tourists will be able to book the familiar brands, Enterprise Rent-A-Car, National and Alamo, from home before going on vacation to New Zealand.