Car rental company Hertz Corp. and Renault have signed of a Letter of Intent at the 2011 Geneva Motor Show to add a range of electric cars to the fleets of Hertz and car sharing club Connect by Hertz across Europe.
Hertz will be one of the first rental operators to offer Renault’ Twizy, and will also rent the ZOE, Fluence Z.E. and Kangoo Z.E. models.
Hertz plans to add 500 units of the Renault range to its fleet over the next two years across Europe. The partnership will form part of the European development of Hertz’s Global Electric Vehicle Program, launched in December 2010.
During the next few months, Hertz Global EV will leverage the company’s rental and car sharing locations as bases for vehicles and charging stations, and tap into its technology – including sophisticated fleet management tools and the consumer-facing NeverLost GPS system – to help form an EV grid.
The Renault EVs will complement Hertz’s existing Green Collection. All the cars in the Green Collection in Europe can be reserved by make and model, and offer a CO2 output level of less than 140g/km, making them more environmentally friendly than most other cars. The cars in the Collection also achieve 45-65mpg, depending upon vehicle size, so they are also more fuel-efficient.