PARK RIDGE, N.J., Oct. 1, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- The Hertz Corporation (NYSE: HTZ) today announced the expansion of its car sharing program, Hertz On Demand in the Washington D.C. metro area with the addition of 70 new parking spots, including spaces in Virginia and Maryland. The service is a pay-as-you-go system without an annual fee, providing members with 24/7 access to vehicles strategically located throughout the city. With a range of cars – from electric vehicles and compacts to sedans and SUVs – available both in parking garages, outdoor spaces and in 43 on-street parking spots, the Hertz On Demand fleet continues to be one of the largest and most diverse in the District and the greater Washington, D.C. Metropolitan Area.
"This expansion of Hertz On Demand makes car sharing even more convenient and accessible to residents, visitors and workers in the greater Washington D.C. metro area," commented Mark P. Frissora, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Hertz. "We set ourselves apart because our service is free to join with no annual membership or late fees and offers more diversity in car selection. Our member benefits, which far exceed those of our competitors, coupled with our outstanding selection of cars, allow members to easily select the car they want and go."
Hertz On Demand vehicles continue to be available in all 8 Wards of the District, and now feature twenty new on-street spaces in Dupont Circle, Farragut North, Glover Park, Georgetown, Columbia Heights, U Street, Potomac Avenue Metro, Liaison Hotel, Eastern Market, and New York Avenue Metro, through a partnership with the District Department of Transportation (DDOT). In Maryland, vehicles are now available by the University of Maryland at College Park and in Montgomery County in Bethesda (Bethesda Metro), Silver Spring (Silver Spring Metro), and North Bethesda. In Virginia, vehicles are available in Arlington at Marymount University and in Alexandria at the Duke Street Metro. Local residents and visitors can sign up online and start reserving cars from one of Hertz On Demand's local hubs to experience the enhanced member benefits offered by the car sharing club, including:
- Free membership. Hertz On Demand has no enrollment fee or annual membership fee, and offers low hourly or daily rates starting at $6.50/hour
- New rental fleet options include the Dodge Avenger, Fiat 500, VW Jetta, VW Passat, Ford Escape, Nissan Sentra, Ford Fusion, Nissan Frontier (pick up), Chevy Sonic, and Nissan Rogue. All-electric and plug-in hybrid cars, including the Smart Fortwo electric drive and Nissan LEAF, are available at Union Station as part of the Hertz Global EV program. Luxury options, such as Mercedes C300, Mercedes GLK, Lincoln Navigator, Cadillac CTS and the Volkswagen EOS (convertible) are also available.
- 180 miles a day, gas and insurance included in rates.
- Daily rates on Hertz rental car for longer trips; Ability to rent a car for up to 30 days.
- Unparalleled member service including 24/7 live, in-car assistance from a team of Hertz Member Care experts.
- No late fees. Hertz On Demand members will not receive punitive charges/late fees for the late return of a vehicle.
Hertz On Demand provides an economical, convenient and socially conscious alternative to car ownership. It has approximately 150,000 members, is available in six countries and on approximately 50 university campuses.
About Hertz On Demand
Hertz on Demand, Hertz's global car sharing club, has more than 850 vehicles, 150,000 members and more than 250 locations worldwide, including corporate offices and universities. Hertz on Demand offers a variety of vehicles available for online reservation at competitive rates. All cars are equipped with Eileo® technology, and benefits covered by the hourly rate include gas, insurance, GPS turn-by-turn navigation, 24/7 roadside assistance, 24-hour Member Care Center communication, and 180 free miles per day. For more information, visit www.HertzOnDemand.com.
Hertz, the largest worldwide airport general use car rental brand, operates from approximately 8,650 corporate and licensee locations in approximately 150 countries. Hertz is the number one airport car rental brand in the U.S. and at 119 major airports in Europe. Hertz was voted the Best Overall Car Rental Company in Zagat's 2012/13 U.S. Car Rental Survey, earning top honors in 14 additional categories, and the Company swept the global awards for Best Rewards Program and Best Overall Benefits from FlyerTalk.com. Product and service initiatives such as Hertz Gold Choice, NeverLost®, and unique cars and SUVs offered through the Company's Adrenaline, Prestige and Green Traveler Collections, also set Hertz apart from the competition. Additionally, Hertz owns the vehicle leasing and fleet management leader Donlen Corporation and operates the Hertz On Demand car sharing business. The Company also owns a leading North American equipment rental business, Hertz Equipment Rental Corporation, which includes Hertz Entertainment Services.
For more information, visit www.HertzOnDemand.com or www.hertz.com.
 Per 24 hour period
 Late returns will only be charged rates for the additional time used in 15 minute intervals (no punitive fees)