Hertz partners with GE Energy China and the China EV Pilot City to build out EV infrastructure; Hertz is the first car rental company to offer EVs on three continents
The Hertz Corporation today announced the expansion of its Global EV initiative to China, making it the first global rental car company to offer electric vehicles (EVs) on three continents. Hertz now offers EVs across the US in cities including New York, Washington, DC, San Francisco, Los Angeles, and in London, United Kingdom and other cities in Europe. To help build a market for what is the first EV rental service in China, Hertz launches several new programs:
“China has committed to rapidly expand electric vehicle travel and Hertz is committed to supporting the important EV Pilot City program,” said Mark P. Frissora, Hertz Chairman and Chief Executive Officer. “Working with our existing rental car network in China and partners such as GE, we are dedicated to helping build the necessary EV infrastructure in China and to create a new transportation solution that employs the latest technology and harnesses innovations being launched in China today.”
The agreements are part of a multi-layered approach to launch an EV rental program in Shanghai. Key features of the agreements include commitments from:
“GE, as a world-wide leading company is glad to respond to the Chinese government’s call for support of the EV industry. It’s our great pleasure to be invited to this partnership with Hertz and China international EV Zone," stated Johnny Wang, General Manager, Greater China, GE Energy Industrial Solutions, "Signing this MoU among us will bring to our integrated EV solutions based on our strengths and advantages in separate areas. Electric vehicles will be increasingly prioritized in national energy strategies around the world.”
Earlier this year, Shanghai was selected as the electric vehicle international pilot city by the Chinese government and Jiading district of Shanghai as the electric vehicle international demonstration zone, with a goal of increasing public awareness and integration within the industry. Current partners include auto manufactures, energy suppliers, insurance companies and the other EV supply chain participants. Hertz is the first rental car company to sign a MoU to become a partner of the China (Shanghai) International Electric Vehicle Pilot City. The agreement supports the Twelfth Five-Year Plan objective for the promotion of EVs in China and will serve as a foundation for further innovation and development of the infrastructure.
In its first year, the Hertz Global EV initiative has grown from a vision to a market presence in more than ten cities, offering a diverse fleet of electric vehicles from manufactures like BYD Auto as well as Nissan, GM, Mitsubishi, Renault and Tesla. As the world’s largest general use airport car rental brand, Hertz is uniquely positioned to introduce multiple groups of consumers – urban drivers, university students, travelers and corporations – to all-electric and plug-in hybrid vehicles. As part of its strategy, Hertz is forming partnerships with automakers, charging station providers, municipalities, NGOs, corporations and other stakeholders.
“At the Clinton Global Initiative last September, we announced a commitment to provide electric vehicle access on a global scale, an ambitious goal,” commented Frissora. “In less than one year, Hertz is now the leading provider of EV mobility solutions, offering an unparalleled selection of EVs and Plug-in Hybrid Electric Vehicles (PHEVs) in cities worldwide. We are firmly committed to adding new retail and Business to Business EV car rental locations internationally as auto manufacturers ramp up EV and PHEV production over the next few years.”
Hertz plans to increase its global EV presence by deploying vehicles in other countries in the coming months. Hertz Global EV will continue to leverage the company’s rental and car sharing locations as bases for vehicles and charging stations, and tap into its technology – including sophisticated fleet management tools and consumer-facing GPS systems, including Hertz NeverLost in the U.S. – to help form an EV grid.
Source = Hertz