Commercial, Distributed Energy Resources, GHG Emissions - March 9, 2023
Hertz Expands Availability of EVs, Charging in Houston
Rental car company Hertz announced plans to expand the availability of electric vehicles (EVs) and charging infrastructure in Houston.
The initiative aligns with Mayor Sylvester Turner's Houston Climate Action Plan – a strategy for reducing GHG emissions, improving regional air quality, and building climate resilience.
Hertz aims to bring over 2,100 rental EVs to Houston, nearly tripling its existing EV fleet in the city – including Tesla, Polestar, and GM models– for availability to leisure and business customers as well as rideshare drivers. In partnership with bp pulse, Hertz will support the installation of a large, EV fast-charging hub designed to serve ride-hail, taxi fleets, and the general public at the Hertz location at Houston Hobby airport.
"We are excited to partner with Mayor Turner and Evolve Houston to bring Hertz Electrifies to the Energy Capital of the World, and to expand charging capacity for our customers and the broader community," said Stephen Scherr, Hertz chair and CEO in a statement. "As Hertz creates the largest EV rental fleet in North America, we look forward to working with the city, Lone Star College-North Harris and other organizations to expand the benefits of electrification in the Houston community."
To grow the buildout of charging infrastructure across Houston, Hertz created the "Hertz Charging Opportunity Index," featuring anonymous telematic insights aggregated from its fleet of connected cars, which the city can access.