The Hertz Corporation and Milton Keynes Council have signed a partnership for all-electric car sharing to be brought to the town through Hertz On Demand. This will allow locals and businesses to hire and drive the Nissan LEAF from only £5/hour. One can be booked over the phone, by visiting the Hertz On Demand website or by using the iPhone app. This rate includes cleaning, fuel, insurance, roadside assistance and maintenance.
Hertz On Demand customers can park and charge their rental for free at the 100 POLAR charging points in the city and surrounding area. Additionally, Hertz has provided customers with the ability to top-up the car’s charge in over 100 towns and cities throughout the UK, giving them access to more than 2,000 charge points. These are available on the Chargemaster’s POLAR and Source London national electric charging networks in cities like London, Cambridge and Luton. This includes rapid charging stations that can recharge a Nissan LEAF in just 20 minutes. This electric vehicle offers efficiency, range and performance, with a single recharge supporting over 100 miles of travel, while electricity is regenerated along the way.
Customers will benefit from Hertz On Demand’s keyless entry, which is possible with a RFID device that is enable with a smart chip. They will also have access to a state-of-the-art communication system which provides in-car member care all day, every day. On top of this, membership with the club is free and allows customers to access vehicles in seven nations around the world, which is more than any other car sharing network. Anyone can become a member if they are over the age of 21 and have a valid UK driving licence.
Hertz International president Michel Taride says that it’s a joy to partner with Milton Keynes Council for the launch of electric car sharing for locals, businesses and visitors. EVs are very important to Hertz, and they are committed to expanding these mobility solutions across the UK. This partnership emphasises the increasing popularity of car sharing among populations seeking both cost-effective and convenient green solutions. This scheme is also attractive for its simplicity in allowing customers to book and drive.
Transport and Highways Councillor John Bint says that they are thrilled to offer Hertz On Demand to locals and visitors. The council is dedicated to cutting environmental impact, and they always welcome proposals that will help to achieve this goal. This car sharing service is a great addition to their other environmental schemes, as it will help reduce emissions and contribute to the local community by decreasing traffic congestion and pressure on parking bays.
Chargemaster plc chief executive David Martell says that they are happy to participate in an innovative scheme with Milton Keynes Council and Hertz. Customers will benefit from charging their vehicles at many stations throughout the region and country on the POLAR charging system. This will make everyday usage viable, while the programme will help make people familiar with electric cars and encourage more people to adopt them.