The rental car company Hertz has announced it has made an initial order for 100,000 Teslas by the end of 2022 and new EV charging infrastructure across the company’s global operations.
“Electric vehicles are now mainstream, and we’ve only just begun to see rising global demand and interest,” said Hertz interim CEO Mark Fields. “The new Hertz is going to lead the way as a mobility company, starting with the largest EV rental fleet in North America and a commitment to grow our EV fleet and provide the best rental and recharging experience for leisure and business customers around the world.”
Research by Pew suggests 40% of American consumers say they are likely to consider an electric vehicle the next time they are in the market for a new vehicle. Global sales of EVs have trebled in the last year.
Hertz says that, from early next month customers will be able to rent a Tesla Model 3 at Hertz airport and neighbourhood locations in US major markets and select cities in Europe.
Hertz also is installing thousands of chargers throughout its location network. Customers who rent a Tesla Model 3 will have access to 3,000 Tesla supercharging stations throughout the US and Europe.