Tesla significantly behind on Hertz vehicle order

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The fleet of the international car rental agency Hertz includes a total of 48,344 Teslas. While the number is impressive, Hertz had ordered 100,000 Model 3 that were to be delivered by the end of last year.

According to Hertz, its US-Fleet counted a total of 428,700 vehicles by 31 December 2022. Eleven per cent are Teslas. Its European fleet has another 1,187 Teslas – meaning the car rental company operated a total of 48,344 Teslas worldwide by the end of 2022.

Hertz, therefore, added less than half the EVs it had planned. However, the company did not specify why that is. It is therefore unclear whether, for example, Tesla did not deliver on time or if Hertz agreed to later delivery dates. Also, when the car rental company placed its order back in October 2021, it already mentioned that it is aware of the fact, that it may not be fulfilled on time due to external reasons. It cited the then-ongoing global semiconductor crisis and other pressures on international supply chains as potential bottlenecks.

50,000 of the 100,000 ordered Tesla Model 3 were to be exclusively reserved for Uber drivers in the US. From November of last year, the first EVs could be rented through a new program in Los Angeles, San Francisco, San Diego and Washington, D.C. The initiative was to then go nationwide this year.

Another 25,000 EVs will be reserved for Uber drivers in European cities. These will not only be Teslas, but also Polestars and possibly electric cars by General Motors. Hertz had ordered up to 65,000 Polestars in 2022 to be delivered over a period of five years. GM is to deliver a total of 175,000 units by 2027.



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