After Berlin, the French peer-to-peer car sharing platform Drivy is launching its services also in Hamburg today, 22 January 2015. Other German cities are expected to follow in the near future. Drivy’s expansion is triggered venture capital from Index Ventures and Alven Capital that provided not only the initial funding of two million euro, but additional 6.3 million euro for its expansion in May 2014.
New Model Of Car-Sharing
According to surveys, Germans only use their car one hour per day. Subletting the car – like it is common with flats or houses – thus makes sense. In France, Paulin Dementhon successfully introduced his business idea in 2010. Today boasting 350,000 registered users and 20,000 cars on its platform in France alone, the company claims to be the European market leader in this unique market. Germany is the first country Drivy is expanding to.
By The People, For People
“Drivy works on the principle of 'by people, for people’, and our platform only brings them together”, explains Gero Graf, CEO of Drivy Germany. “We are the connection point, and offer a secure and safe transaction due to our partners. We clearly see ourselves as ambassador who creates confidence and a base between the parties. It is important to actively support our members, no matter whether they offer rentals or rent themselves, and to creative an active community to make our project florish”. Drivy and its partner BlaBlaCar, another French start-up sharing office space with Drivy’s German team in Hamburg, for official opening drinks at its Hamburg premises.
100 Per Cent Safety & Security
While competitors like Car2Go and DriveNow base their charges on the time length of the rental and the driving time from A to B, Drivy offers solutions for roundtrips, for instance for a weekend. The fare is defined by the car owner. Drivy charges 30 per cent, and includes an insurance in these fees.
To guarantee the safety of driver and car owner, Drivy entered an exclusive insurance agreement with the European insurer Allianz zusammen. Once a rental contract has been agreed upono on the Drivy platform, the entire rental period agreed upon will not be covered by the insurance of the owner, but by an ad-hoc insurance of Allianz, including a liability, full and partial coverage. In addition, Drivy drivers are fully protected by the covenant letter of protection, including round-the-clock roadside assistance and repatriation.
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