New ‘Freebee’ electric cars offer you a ride in downtown Fort Lauderdale

Starting Tuesday, downtowners can catch a free ride in an electric vehicle that offers on-demand service. And it’s a Freebee.

Users can download the “Ride Freebee” app on a smartphone, then request a ride. The process is similar to ride-hailing apps like Uber, but there is no fee, and the all-electric cars are meant for short trips, like from work to lunch.

The Downtown Development Authority announced the unleashing of the small fleet, underwritten by commercial advertisers for a three-month trial period. The pilot program is Freebee’s first foray into Broward, and is meant to win over local decision-makers so service can continue — and expand to other pockets of Broward — with subsidies from local government or the new county transit tax, one of the company founders said.

The Freebee-brand electric cars, the brainchild of two University of Miami grads, already hum around the streets of eight cities in Miami-Dade County, and Islamorada in Monroe County.

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