A new residential development in New South Wales will keep a pair of Teslas on hand for residents’ exclusive use.
Australian shared mobility startup Outbound has announced its second commercial partnership for a fleet of rentable Tesla electric vehicles (EVs), partnering with a development in the Sydney suburb of St Leonards.
Called Newlands, it’s set to be completed in 2025 and will have around 330 units.
A spokesperson for Outbound confirmed there will initially be two Teslas for Newlands residents to rent out at an hourly rate, with the intention to have dozens if demand is sufficient.
These rentable Teslas will be located on-site at the Newlands development with charging equipment supplied. Residents will be able to book and open the cars using the Outbound phone app.
The partnership also includes a number of reservable e-bikes that will be sourced from Sydney-based company Zoomo.
This latest announcement builds on Outbound’s first partnership with a Gold Coast hotel to have communal Tesla Model 3s for guests to rent out.
The aim of the latest partnership with the Newlands residential development is to reduce “people’s dependency on private car ownership”.
“This is a huge step forward for a Sydney residential project and huge win for those who’ll eventually be living at The Newlands,” said Outbound CEO Luke Rust.
“It’s about improving the amenity for residents and reducing the impact of the development on the environment.
“It’s amazing to see passionate and forward-thinking developers like Top Spring Australia taking the lead in this space and accelerating access to sustainable transportation for residents.”
Shared mobility of this type is different from traditional car sharing because rather than private vehicle owners renting out their personal cars, vehicles are attached to a property and are available for communal use, exclusively for those who are staying there.
“Long term residents won’t even need to own a car as there’ll always be at least one Tesla onsite, ready and waiting,” added Mr Rust.
“Just imagine, you need to duck up the road to run an errand, you jump in one of the Teslas, in and out in just an hour or two and you don’t have to pay for fuel, registration or any other costs.”