The Hertz Corporation has announced plans to expand its Hertz On Demand car sharing service in the metropolitan area of Washington, DC. It will be adding 70 new parking spaces, including spots in Maryland and Virginia.
The Hertz On Demand service is a pay-as-you-go network that doesn’t charge an annual fee and provides members with access to vehicles 24 hours a day, seven days a week. It offers a convenient, socially conscious and economical alternative to owning a car and has about 150,000 members across six countries and 50 university campuses (for a total of 250 locations). The service can be used by registered members for low hourly and daily rates (up to 30 days) that start from $6.50 per hour. The rates include fuel, insurance, in-car assistance 24/7, GPS turn-by-turn navigation and 180 miles of driving. There aren’t any late fees either, while the vehicles are equipped with Eileo technology.
A range of Hertz On Demand vehicles – from compacts, to sedans, to SUVs, to electric cars – are strategically located across Washington, DC. They are available in parking garages, in 43 parking spaces on the street and in other outdoor spots. Members can find cars in all 8 wards of Washington, DC, and now there will be 20 new spaces on the streets of Dupont Circle, Glover Park, U Street, Liaison hotel, New York Avenue Metro, Farragut North, Columbia Heights, Eastern Market, Georgetown and Potomac Avenue Metro. This is all thanks to a deal with the District Department of Transportation (DDOT).
In Maryland, Hertz On Demand vehicles can be found in Montgomery County at Bethesda Metro, North Bethesda and Silver Spring Metro, as well as at College Park by the University of Maryland. Vehicles are also available in Virginia at Marymount University in Arlington and at the Duke Street Metro in Alexandria. Locals and visitors can register to be members online and begin hiring cars from one of the local hubs to experience the benefits of car sharing.
The Hertz On Demand fleet, which has over 850 cars worldwide, is also still one of the biggest and most diverse in the greater metropolitan area. New options include the Ford Escape ad Fusion, Fiat 500, Dodge Avenger, Nissan Rogue and Frontier, Volkswagen Jetta and Passat, and Chevy Sonic. At Union Square, members can hire plug-in hybrids and all-electric vehicles – like the Nissan LEAF and smart fortwo – as part of the company’s Global EV programme. Hertz On Demand’s luxury options include the Cadillac CTS, Mercedes C300 and GLK, Volkswagen EOS convertible and Lincoln Navigator.
Hertz Corporation chairman and chief executive Mark P. Frissora says that this Hertz On Demand expansion makes car sharing more accessible and convenient to residents, businesses’ staff and visitors in the greater Washington, DC metro area. They set themselves apart from rivals, as their service is free to join, offers more diversity in selection of cars and doesn’t charge an annual fee or late fees. Their members can easily choose the vehicle they want and be on their way due to their outstanding range of cars and benefits that far exceed those of rivals.