Queensland tech startup Outbound has launched a shared mobility initiative on the Gold Coast which allows tourists to take a spin in a Tesla Model 3 electric vehicle.

Guests at the Mantra at Sharks hotel in Southport can book the Tesla EV that is housed onsite – using the Outbound app – for day trips around the Gold Coast, replacing the need for conventional car hire services.

“This is a really exciting development for the Australian tourism industry,” says Outbound CEO Luke Rust (pictured above).

“The app is really easy to use. Guests just sign up, reserve the car and unlock it using their phone.

“It’s really handy for anyone wanting to go for a day trip to the theme parks or out to the hinterland.”

Mantra at Sharks is proud to pioneer the communal EV shared mobility initiative.

“Mantra at Sharks is the first hotel on the Gold Coast to launch the Outbound service, and we’re excited to offer this mode of transport to our guests,” says Mantra at Sharks front office and revenue manager Courtney Tahu.

“This service provides a clean, sustainable transport alternative and features a facility for guests to charge their own electric vehicle.”

Outbound is in discussions to roll out the EV shared mobility scheme to other hotels on the Gold Coast, as well as in Brisbane, Sydney and Melbourne.

The company is also targetting uptake of the concept in residential and commercial buildings, where owners and tenants would have access to EVs to reduce dependence on private vehicle ownership.