Hertz Corp. will offer smart fortwo electric drive vehicles for rent in New York, Washington, D.C., and San Francisco in the coming months, the companies announced Monday.
The smart fortwo electric drive will be available for rent through Connect by Hertz car sharing in New York City beginning December 15.
The rentals are part of Hertz’s global electric vehicle program which offers electric and plug-in hybrids to car sharing and rental customers worldwide.
Hertz Global EV will be the first company to provide a range of all-electric and plug-in hybrid vehicles and charging stations on a car sharing and rental basis at global scale.
The smart fortwo electric drive joins EVs from other manufacturers as part of Hertz Global EV’s diverse fleet.
The smart fortwo electric drive vehicle is engineered to package advanced technology while maintaining the car’s design history. It is powered by a 30 kW drive magneto-electric motor and 16.5 kWh lithium-ion battery. Using a 220V outlet, it takes only three and a half hours to charge the battery from 20 to 80 percent of its capacity and less than eight hours to fully charge it.
The Hertz Corporation also announced today a joint partnership with Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, Inc. to bring in Hertz Global EV, a program developed by Hertz using 100% electric and plug-in hybrid vehicles, to key Starwood select-service hotels in North America.
Starwood’s select-service portfolio includes the Element Hotels, Aloft Hotels and Four Points by Sheraton Hotels brands.