Hertz On Demand has announced that it’s adding the electric Chevrolet Volt to its fleet at the University of Connecticut. The car sharing program was launched at the university in October 2011, at which time there were only four vehicles. With more than 800 members in the network today, the program will have six cars and the addition of the Volt.
Hertz On Demand offers the students and faculty of the University of Connecticut, as well as others in the Town of Mansfield, a pay-as-you-go car sharing service. There are no annual charges, and network members get access to fleet vehicles all day, every day. Car sharing rentals offer low rates from $6.50 per hour, as well as daily rates, and include insurance, fuel and 180 miles of driving a day. Members also get in-car assistance any time, and there are no late fees since the cars are simply returned when the members are done driving them.
The fleet includes compacts, sedans, SUVs and electric options for hire, providing a socially conscious, convenient and economical alternative to vehicle ownership. The Chevrolet Volt will be available in the new parking garage at Storrs Center in a partnership with Mansfield. Additionally, the garage offers four charging stations for the electric vehicles in the Hertz On Demand fleet, as well as use by the general public. Other new vehicles being added to the fleet include the Ford Fiesta, Nissan Altima, Fiat 500, Chevrolet Malibu and Jeep Patriot.
Hertz Corporation chairman and chief executive Mark P. Frissora says that the company is expanding its car hire options as Hertz On Demand expands around the world. College students are the world’s most environmentally and technology savvy, and they want to give them the options to experience what’s new through the car sharing network, from the way rentals are booked to the cars they choose to drive.
University of Connecticut manager of transportation services Janet Freniere says that working with Hertz On Demand and the Town of Mansfield has been a majorly positive initiative at the university, along with the others they are implementing to bring energy efficient mobility solutions to the Storrs. Mansfield director of public works Lon Hultgren added that they are dedicated to providing energy saving and alternative transport infrastructure, like they have been doing for bus and bicycle transportation. They are developing options for commuters and residents to get around the town, and he believes all these facilities will be greatly valued by the community.
Hertz On Demand has a fleet of over 850 vehicles in more than 250 locations around the world. The cars are hired by a total of 150,000 members. Its locations include universities and corporate offices everywhere, offering a variety of cars for online reservation or booking on the go.
Aside from Hertz On Demand, the Hertz brand also operates traditional car hire operations in about 150 countries across 8,800 locations. It’s the best operator at airports in the US, as well as 111 major airports across Europe. The brand has also won several awards, including World’s Best Awards Hall of Fame, Best Car Rental Agency and Best Overall Car Rental Company.