Hertz has announced that it’s expanding its Hertz On Demand programme with four new locations in Boston, Massachusetts. This car sharing service is a convenient, socially-conscious and economical alternative to owning a vehicle. The programme already has about 150,000 members across 50 university campuses and six countries.
These new car sharing spots in Boston will be positioned at Northeastern University, providing students, faculty and other university staff with access to vehicles on campus all day, every day. The pay-as-you-go service provides a range of vehicles, ranging from sedans, to compacts, to SUVs, to cargo vans. Some of the vehicle models include the Fiat 500, Mazda 6, Nissan Sentra, Nissan Altima, Nissan NV2500, Chevy Malibu, Jeep Liberty and Toyota Corolla. All of the vehicles are fitted with Eileo technology.
The Hertz On Demand vehicles will now be available in four different parking areas around the Northeastern University campus, bringing students 18 years and older, faculty and other staff back-to-school convenience. These four parking areas include those at the Ryder Lot, Columbus Surface Lot, North Lot and The Matthew’s Arena. The programme is already one of the biggest and most diverse in Boston – available in 11 locations throughout the area.
Northeastern University students, faculty and staff (alongside residents and visitors) will be able to register to be members of the Hertz On Demand system, which doesn’t impose a registration or annual fee. Then members are able to hire vehicles for low hourly and daily rates, starting from $5 an hour for a Fiat 500. These rates include fuel, 180 miles of driving, 24-hour communication with the Member Care Centre, turn-by-turn GPS navigation, roadside assistance 24/7 and insurance. Additionally, there are no late fees with this programme.
Members will also find it easy to reserve a vehicle online, while Hertz On Demand hires can also be completed via mobile devices. The mobile website enables customers to book, change and cancel hires, as well as offer one-way map routing, enhanced search capabilities and an in-depth look at the makes and models of vehicles available.
Hertz chairman and chief executive Mark P. Frissora says the company is thrilled to have doubled in size since initially launching in Boston. By adding Hertz On Demand to Northeastern University’s campus, they are making car sharing more convenient for students, faculty and other staff who want a cheap, low maintenance option to get around. They set themselves apart from the competition with a free-to-join service and no late or annual membership fees, while their selection of vehicles is also more diverse.
This isn’t the first time that Hertz On Demand has expanded its programme this month. At the beginning of the month it announced plans to add 70 new parking spaces in Washington, DC, including bays in Maryland and Virginia. Its fleet is one of the greater metropolitan area’s biggest and most diverse, and it has added even new makes and models.