The Hertz Corporation, the world’s largest general use airport car rental brand, has announced the addition of five Ford Transit Connect Electric vans into its Hertz Entertainment Services and Hertz on Demand fleet.
“Hertz Entertainment Services and Hertz on Demand customers have unique vehicle needs and the Transit Connect Electric is a perfect fit for customers looking for the latest in mobility solutions while also achieving best in class sustainability practices,” commented Mark P. Frissora, Hertz Chairman and Chief Executive Officer.
According to independent data, rental car companies collectively operate approximately 1.63 million vehicles in the United States. As the economy gains traction, it is expected that U.S. rental companies will add vehicles to their fleets including fuel efficient ‘green’ vehicles.
Hertz Entertainment Services rents vehicles to various studios and entertainment companies that often choose to rent vehicles during periods of increased activity. Hertz on Demand is a pay-on-demand car membership club based on hourly rental services.
The Transit Connect Electric program is a chance for both divisions to explore opportunities for the van’s inclusion in the fleet.
The Ford Transit Connect Electric utilizes Azure’s proprietary electric powertrain system and Johnson Controls’ advanced lithium-ion battery to achieve a range of 50 to 80 miles depending on auxiliary usage and drive cycle and is rechargeable using either a 240-volt or standard 120-volt outlet. Commercial vans generally return to a central location at the end of each driving cycle making for easy overnight recharging.
Use of the Transit Connect Electric vehicles will also reduce fuel and maintenance costs, as well as reducing greenhouse gas emissions.