5th December 2017 - Looking to beef up its presence in the UK since it launched in London last month, Drivy, Europe's largest car rental marketplace with 1.5 million users, has announced an exclusive partnership with P2P car sharing service, RideLink. The partnership follows RideLink's decision to wind down its UK business. As part of the agreement, RideLink, who is no longer accepting rental requests, will refer its users to Drivy, enabling a smooth, hassle-free transition for car owners and drivers alike. RideLink, which was founded in 2015, has the largest fleet of peer-to-peer shared vehicles in the UK, with thousands of cars and tens of thousands of registered users.
Commenting on the announcement, Alexander Stevenson, RideLink’s founder and CEO said:
“We are very proud of what we’ve achieved in the past 3 years and to have served a fantastic community of renters and owners that allowed us to become the UK's largest P2P car rental service, with the country's best selection of cars. However, expanding further would have required more investment than RideLink alone could provide, which is why we decided to partner with Drivy, Europe's leading car rental marketplace. We’re confident that Drivy, with its European-wide footprint, will be the perfect match to keep serving our community with the most convenient car rental service in the industry. We’re fully committed to helping our users make the smooth transition from RideLink to Drivy.”
The referral partnership will give Drivy the opportunity to boost its market share in the UK by offering car owners listed on RideLink's platform a seamless transition to Drivy. It will also give RideLink's customers in the UK, Spain and Germany continued access to fast, affordable, proximity-based car rental as well as the continuity and stability that a market-leading service can provide.
Drivy's CEO and founder Paulin Dementhon added:
“At Drivy we remain focused on growing our user base through strategic partnerships that enhance opportunities within key markets. We are very pleased to have reached an agreement with RideLink that will see them recommending Drivy to their members and working with us to facilitate a seamless transition. In just three years Ridelink has amassed a loyal user base in the UK and we look forward to offering them a new home at Drivy."
Since its launch in 2010, Drivy has experienced year-on-year growth of more than 100% through constant innovation and expansion. The company, which is headquartered in Paris, raised €31M last year in order to accelerate its global expansion and consolidate its position as Europe's largest integrated car rental platform. In 2015, Drivy acquired Buzzcar, Livop (French competitors) and Autonetzer, a German competitor.
Drivy launched its car rental service in London in November and will embark on a nationwide expansion in 2018.
About Drivy Drivy is the leading car rental marketplace in Europe. The service allows its users to rent people’s cars within walking distance of home whenever they need one: whether it is to go away for a weekend, attend a business meeting or move house. The service includes comprehensive insurance coverage to ensure safe rentals. Drivy provides a fully mobile experience, from booking a car to check-in and check-out, and has recently launched Drivy Open, a technology which enables people to open cars with their smartphones and carry out self-service rentals. Created in 2010 in France by Paulin Dementhon, Drivy also operates in Germany, UK, Spain, Austria and Belgium with a total of 50,000 cars to rent and 1,500,000 users. Drivy’s ambition is to make car rental more convenient and efficient than personal car ownership. Drivy employs 100 people in Paris, Berlin, Barcelona and London.