EV subscription firm Autonomy expands: not in Canada yet

Autonomy, the electric vehicle subscription program founded in 2020 that provides month-to-month “subscriptions” to driving a Tesla Model 3 without owning it, has added Sacramento as part of its continued expansion in its home base of California.

Autonomy made the announcement on Thursday, following up on news of its market penetration earlier in the week in Orange County. It had already moved into San Diego and the San Francisco Bay area. It launched in Los Angeles in January.

According to its media release, the Santa Monica company has drawn several hundred active subscribers to its service. Founder/CEO Scott Painter said Autonomy’s mission is to provide consumers with easy, affordable access to electric vehicles.

Subscribers can reserve a Model 3 via Autonomy’s app or website and a $100 U.S. refundable deposit. A payment dial allows customers to personalize subscriptions from as low as $490 per month with an initial $4,900 start fee, to $1,000 per month with an initial $1,000 start fee. A $500 refundable security deposit is required when the subscription is activated.

Autonomy Corporate Communications Manager Matt Swope told Canadian auto dealer in an email that the company has plans to soon expand to more U.S. states and then across the whole country. Swope said the company has eyes on global expansion, including into Canada, but there is no set timetable for it.

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