Hertz Puts Customers In Charge With Electric Vehicle Campaign
Hertz, The City of New York and Mission Electric partner to provide electric vehicles to select NYC locations
PARK RIDGE, N.J., Oct. 24, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- During the next month, The Hertz Corporation (NYSE:HTZ) is partnering with Mission Electric, an outreach campaign co-founded by the City of New York, to give New Yorkers a vote on which neighborhoods in their city should receive new Electric Vehicles (EVs) to rent through Hertz. Based on the results, the most popular locations will each receive a Hertz On Demand EV to rent by the hour or by the day.
Voting opens today at http://missionelectric.org launched by Mission Electric, a non-profit website that enables people to make EV choices in their cities. Last month, Mission Electric voters decided which seven Duane Reade stores will be served by electric trucks, keeping a quarter million gallons of diesel from being burned in city streets every year.
"Hertz is committed to expanding its EV program by providing our customers with more rental options at our locations," said Mark P. Frissora, Hertz Chairman and Chief Executive Officer. "By partnering with the City of New York as well as Mission Electric we are giving our customers the ability to choose where they would like us to make EVs available to them."
"For those who need to drive in NYC, shared vehicles are a great option – and electric shared vehicles are even better," said Sergej Mahnovski, Director of NYC's Office of Long Term Planning and Sustainability, "The flexibility of car share and the emissions benefits of electric vehicles reduce the benzene, NOx and other pollution in our air and make New York a healthier, greater city."
Christina Ficicchia, Executive Director of Mission Electric added, "Mission Electric is proud to partner with Hertz to roll out electric vehicle technology in NYC. We invite New Yorkers to participate in this crowd sourced transportation solution."
Voters can log on to http://nyc.missionelectric.org/ to vote for their preferred Hertz EV placement during the next month.
Hertz is the largest worldwide airport general use car rental brand operating from approximately 8,500 locations in approximately 150 countries worldwide. Hertz is the number one airport car rental brand in the U.S. and at 94 major airports in Europe, operating both corporate and licensee locations in cities and airports in North America, Europe, Latin America, Asia, Australia and New Zealand. In addition, the Company has licensee locations in cities and airports in Africa and the Middle East. In addition, Hertz operates one of the world's largest equipment rental businesses, Hertz Equipment Rental Corporation, offering a diverse line of rental equipment, including tools and supplies, and new and used equipment for sale from approximately 320 branches in the United States, Canada, France, Spain, Italy, China and Saudi Arabia, as well as through its international licensees.
In late 2008, Hertz introduced a global car-sharing service, now referred to as Hertz On Demand, where customers can rent by the hour from various locations in the U.S., Canada and Europe. Hertz also owns Donlen Corporation, based in Northbrook, Illinois, which is a leader in fleet leasing and management services. www.hertzondemand.com
About Mission Electric
Mission Electric is a partnership between the city governments of New York, Boston and Philadelphia to promote electric vehicle transportation. Our goal is to impact policy through public engagement in local initiatives. The partnership is funded by a Department of Energy grant led by Empire Clean Cities. http://nyc.missionelectric.org/
About Empire Clean Cities
Empire Clean Cities has been tasked with providing support and management skills necessary to advance the region's economic, environmental, and energy security by promoting the use of technologies and practices that reduce petroleum consumption. To achieve this goal we build local public-private partnerships that encourage businesses to convert their fleets to use alternative fuel vehicles. www.empirecleancities.org
SOURCE The Hertz Corporation