Mobilize drops 40 ride-hailing cars in the streets of Madrid

Renault’s mobility branch Mobilize has delivered 40 units of the Limo model to its first customer, the Spanish ride-hailing brand Cabify. The cars will be operated in Madrid by Vecttor, a subsidiary of Cabify. In autumn, Mobilize will expand its Vehicle-as-a-Service (VaaS) model to Paris, with more European cities to follow in the coming months.

Vecttor will integrate the fleet into its Eco category, aiming at business customers, which exclusively consists of zero-emission vehicles. However, private customers will also benefit when some units are made available by Cabify.

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The Spanish firm is the world’s first customer of Renault’s unique service model, but Renault already announced at the unveiling during the IAA in Münich in 2021 that it would commence with a test fleet of this exact size. So, the deal was already in the pocket by then.

The Limo is solely offered on a subscription basis called Mobilize Driver Solutions, eyeing the fleet, taxi and private hire vehicle sector primarily. Included are a warranty of six years (or 300,000 kilometers), priority access to an assigned garage, a pass for charging across Europe, road assistance and insurance. The service must alleviate uncertainties regarding total cost of ownership, facilitating turnover estimations for ride-hailers.

“With Mobilize Driver Solutions, we want to offer a one-stop shop of solutions that make life easier for people transport professionals,” says Fedra Ribeiro, COO of Mobilize.

“Time of a break”

The Limo is not an adapted existing model but specifically designed around the needs of the ride-hailing sector. Equipped with a 60 kWh lithium-ion battery pack, the car offers a driving range of 450 kilometers (WLTP), which should suffice for the daily drive of professional drivers before they can charge the car overnight.

According to Mobilize, a fast-charger can recuperate 250 km of range in 40 minutes, the “time of a break”. This electric propulsion guarantees cumberless mobility, even in cities with zero-emission zones.

80% growth

Due to that electric driveline, the Limo offers a wheelbase of 2,75 meters out of a length of 4,7 meters, enough for sufficient space for rear-passengers. Renault put a lot of attention into specific design hacks like the ergonomics of the front seat, to please the professional driver, or the ambient mood in the back, to boost its appeal as a taxi .

Significant turnover is expected from the ride-hailing market in Europe. It is expected to grow with 80% by 2030.



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