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Hertz Partners with Marriott and GE

Hertz w/ CarsHertz Global Holdings has been busy the last few months making way for its electric vehicles to be made available for hire in different areas. This has resulted in the car rental service signing partnerships with Marriott International and General Electric (GE).

In its new deal with hotel chain Marriott, Hertz has launched an electric vehicle sharing service, Hertz On Demand, in San Francisco. The agency’s cars will be available at the downtown-located Hertz Mason Street and San Francisco Airport Marriott Waterfront venues, where guests and locals will get to drive a range of new electric models on an hourly or daily basis. The vehicles will be available 24/7 via Hertz self-service technology, which will allow on-the-spot hiring. The hotel has also recently installed two charging stations for the vehicles. Additionally, this deal makes Hertz the first rental firm to introduce electric cars into its fleet in downtown San Francisco.

As a reward to consumers who join the effort in cutting down emissions with electric vehicles, the hotel is offering free valet parking. Those who dine in the Hangar Steak restaurant or Flights 101 lounge, or stay overnight will also get a free car charge. Customers at the Mason Street location and hotel will be able to hire the electric cars for $6 to $8 per hour.

Hertz chairman and chief executive Mark P. Frissora says that there is strong demand for electric vehicles in San Francisco, and residents have become early adopters of the new solution for mobility. Introducing electric cars to the city brings in a new and exciting chapter in their relationship, he added.

In Hertz’s new deal with GE, the company is offering electric cars in China and expanding the networks of stations needed to recharge them. In an agreement that was set to be signed this week, 770 charging stations are due to be built in major Chinese cities, including Beijing and Shanghai. This is in line with the foreign government’s effort to endorse commercialisation of new energy cars to reduce oil imports and curb pollution. Installing the charging infrastructure is a key obstacle in persuading consumers to switch from diesel- or gasoline-powered cars.

Hertz will offer the E6 by BYD Autos, a completely electric vehicle, in its Chinese fleet. The car has a range of 240 kilometres on a single charge. Senior vice president for corporate affairs Richard Broome says that they believe this is the right vehicle for their purpose. However, the group isn’t the first to offer electric mobility in China, as local car rental company eHi Car, which is one of the largest in the country, was the first. Hertz plans to expand its electric car offering beyond just major cities in the future, while it also wants to significantly extend its presence in the nation.

 

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