Hertz is teaming up with the city of Denver to build out its charging infrastructure to support the ongoing transition to electric vehicles. The automaker intends to add more than 5,000 EVs to its Denver fleet as part of the program dubbed “Hertz electrified.”
The program will provide public EV chargers, training, and tools throughout the city’s technical high schools, in an effort to strike similar partnerships across the country. Additionally, the program was implemented for daily customers as well as ongoing rentals to drivers for ride-sharing services like Uber.
In order to assist customers who rent EVs, Hertz and its partner BP Pulse, the EV-charging network owned by oil tycoon BP, will also set up public EV chargers at Denver International Airport and other locations throughout the city, with an emphasis on underserved areas.
According to Stephen Scherr, CEO of Hertz, “public-private partnerships are incredibly powerful vehicles.” “We can observe what is going on with mobility and the direction of travel. In order to sort of take things ahead in the way that I believe all of us would like to see, which is wide engagement in electrification, we can be a force alongside a very powerful city and mayor.”
Denver’s mayor, Michael Hancock, stated that the city wants to entirely electrify its own fleet and buildings by the end of this decade and reduce its carbon emissions 80% by 2050.
One development in the direction of sustainability that will proceed more quickly is electrification. Hertz had previously stated that it intends to buy up to 340,000 electric cars from Tesla, Polestar, and General Motors by the year 2027.
According to Scherr, the company currently has roughly 40,000 Teslas and Polestars available for leasing. As EVs from GM are added to the company’s fleet, he anticipates that number to quadruple by year’s end.
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