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Hertz customers to vote on where electric cars are launched

Hertz on Demand LogoThe Hertz Corporation has teamed up with Mission Electric to give New Yorkers the chance to choose which neighbourhoods they want to have electric vehicles in for hire through the company. The most popular locations will get a Hertz On Demand electric car to hire by the hour or day depending on the results.

Mission Electric is a partnership between the New York, Boston and Philadelphia city governments. They use the outreach campaign to promote electric vehicle mobility solutions, with an aim to impact policy by engaging the public with local initiatives. The campaign is funded by a Department of Energy grant led by the Empire Clean Cities body.

Empire Clean Cities has been made responsible for providing the management skills and support necessary to advance the energy, environmental and economic security of the region by promoting the use of practices and technologies that reduce the consumption of petrol. To reach this goal, the body will build local public-private partnerships that urge businesses to make the switch to alternative fuel vehicles in their fleets.

Mission Electric launched the voting for electric vehicles in New York on Wednesday, allowing Hertz customers to vote through next month on where they want to be able to hire an electric car. This follows Emission Electric voters deciding last month which seven Duane Reade stores will get electric trucks. This will keep 25 million gallons of diesel from being consumed in city streets each year. Participants can cast their vote at http://nyc.missionelectric.org for the following locations:

  • Hertz Upper East Side at 327 E 64th St in New York City
  • Hertz Midtown East at 919 3rd Ave in Manhattan
  • Hertz Union Square at 21 E 12th St in Manhattan
  • Hertz Williamsburg at 22-34 N 6th St in Brooklyn
  • Hertz Long Island City at 45-40 Court Square
  • Hertz Columbus Circle at 10 Columbus Circle
  • Hertz Garment District at 310 W 39th St

Mark P. Frissora, the chairman and chief executive of The Hertz Corporation, says the company is committed to extending its electric vehicle programme by providing consumers with more hire choices at their locations. Through this partnership with Mission Electric and the City of New York, they are giving customers the opportunity to choose where they want them to make electric cars available for hire.

Mission Electric executive director Christina Ficicchia said that they are proud to partner with Hertz for the rollout of electric car technology in New York City. They invite residents in the city to participate in the crowd-sourced transport solution.

New York City Office of Long Term Planning and Sustainability director Sergej Mahnovski says that shared vehicles are a great alternative for people who need to drive in New York, and electric shared cars are even better. The flexibility of car sharing and the low emissions benefits of electric cars reduce the NOx, benzene and other pollutants in the air, making the city greater and healthier.

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