Tesla shuttles are being utilized by a town in Florida to help residents get around…and it is completely free of charge.
Residents of Kissimmee, Florida, will have access to four Tesla electric vehicles and a van for disabled riders completely free for one year through the city’s partnership with South Florida-based company Freebee.
The city of Kissimmee invested $402,390 in electric vehicles, according to News13, in an effort to give people sustainable rides who are unable to drive.
The public transportation initiative has been widely effective thus far and has helped people travel from Valencia College to the Osceola County Courthouse and other administrative buildings, as well as the rest of the downtown area.
“With just pulling out your phone or just making a phone call, you can connect with a driver easily to get you exactly where you’re going, very easily,” Chris Walker of Freebee said.
Freebee is now providing free, on-demand transportation for our residents and visitors! Use the Ride Freebee app to request a free, door-to-door ride anywhere in our downtown district, at AdventHealth Kissimmee or Valencia College. Go to https://t.co/I8MDxXbMv2 to get started! pic.twitter.com/7wVHjACTWu
— City of Kissimmee (@CityofKissimmee) March 13, 2023
It’s as simple as calling for a ride or downloading the Freebee app, and it will take riders anywhere that is outlined in the service area.
It is just the latest application in a long string of public entities adopting electric vehicles for public service. More frequently than not, electric vehicles are being utilized as police cruisers in various locations across the United States, Europe, and other territories.
The use of electric vehicles by shuttle has been implemented in several locations around Florida. In fact, Freebee has been utilizing Tesla Model X vehicles at Florida International University since last year, helping students get across campus quickly and safely.
Freebee has expanded to over 30 cities in Florida and started operation in Kissimmee on March 13. The program will be free for one year for residents.
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