LeasePlan and Uber, the world’s largest ride-hailing company, will expand their current cooperation in Portugal, France, the Netherlands and Slovakia to a pan-European level. The companies have signed a Memorandum of Understanding stating that LeasePlan will provide a full operational leasing solution to Uber drivers across Europe. LeasePlan’s proposition consists of a broad package of services, from repairs and maintenance to insurance - enabling Uber drivers to focus on their core business.
Ride-hailing is becoming increasingly accessible and affordable – a recent development with a major impact on improving mobility across the world. Uber, active in over 100 cities in Europe, is a driving force behind this trend and has selected LeasePlan as a provider of lease vehicles to drivers who wish to access economic opportunities via the Uber platform. “Every week, Uber connects tens of thousands of drivers across Europe with economic opportunities at the touch of a button. But sometimes access to a car can be challenging. With this partnership, we want to ensure drivers are able to get the best deals on the market and make driving with the Uber app as seamless as possible,” says Pierre-Dimitri Gore-Coty, Uber’s Head of EMEA.
The rising popularity of on-demand mobility is leading to significant growth opportunities for LeasePlan. The company is well positioned to become a leading provider of fleet management services to the ride-hailing industry. “Companies like Uber don’t want to have cars on their balance sheets; they want to focus on their core business, which is connecting drivers with passengers through advanced technology,” says Tex Gunning CEO of LeasePlan. “Providing cars and keeping them on the road is our expertise, so we’re very well placed to help them meet that need.”
In Portugal, over 500 Uber drivers already lease a LeasePlan vehicle. In France, the Netherlands and Slovakia LeasePlan and Uber have recently started to cooperate. In the course of 2017 Uber drivers in other countries will be offered this opportunity as well. It is expected that by the end of the year Uber drivers in 22 European countries will be able to benefit from LeasePlan’s hassle-free mobility solutions.