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The Chinese electric vehicle (EV) start-up, AIWAYS, is to join rental car company Filippi Auto, operators of Hertz Corsica, in a mission to ‘electrify’ the island of Corsica. It will provide hundreds of its U5 all-electric SUVs to Filippi Auto this summer.

The new partnership is part of a wider initiative to reduce pollution and develop Corsica as a hub of e-mobility. It involves Filippi Auto making 70% of its rental fleet emission-free by 2022.

Alexander Klose, Executive VP Overseas Operation at AIWAYS, comments: “This is the perfect way for AIWAYS to ‘arrive’ in Europe – on a mission to electrify and help preserve one of the region’s most beautiful island environments. It’s also a great opportunity for us to showcase the capabilities of the U5 to Corsica visitors from across Europe.”

Jean Noel Filippi, Management of Hertz Corsica, adds: “We chose AIWAYS to be the first vehicle partner in the ‘Electrify Corsica’ project due to the quality and performance of the U5 all-electric SUV. We can’t wait to welcome tourists back to Corsica as travel restrictions ease, and what better way to enjoy our beautiful island than behind the wheel of such a capable zero-emission car.”

Filippi Auto represents AIWAYS’ first ‘customer’ in Europe. AIWAYS expects to start booking orders from private customers in June.

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