Hertz German EV car sharing scheme launched - Car Rental News
Hertz German EV car sharing scheme launched
Car Rental News - 05/03/2012
Car hire firm Hertz has kicked-off its electric vehicle sharing program in Germany.
The announcement by Hertz Corporation came late last week and follows the company’s launch of its car sharing program in the German capital in 2008. Officials said that Hertz On Demand has teamed up with Scandinavian electric vehicle pioneers Move About A/S; the former will provide the rental agency with options for electric hire cars at branches located throughout Germany.
In late 2008, Move About A/S made headlines by becoming the first company worldwide to offer an electric vehicle sharing program; through the scheme the organisation provides Citroen, Peugeot and Nissan EVs to rental firms around Scandinavia and Germany.
The extension to Hertz On Demand will add the carbon-cutting cars to the program’s existing 800 vehicles. The program now has in excess of 70,000 members around the world and more than 300 branches.
Michel Taride, president of Hertz International and VP of Hertz Corporation, said that his organisation believes that mobility-on-demand and electric vehicles go hand-in-hand, especially as increasingly advanced sustainable technology is developed by the private sector. He added that the new effort with Move About A/S was complimentary to the company’s Global Electric Vehicle initiatives.