New York City and Hertz announce partnership
Hertz and New York City have entered a public-private partnership to accelerate the adoption of electric vehicles and expand EV charging infrastructure. The public-private partnership will see Hertz add more than 1,700 EVs to its rental fleet in the major US city and create 100 new jobs.
The initiative ‘Hertz Electrifies New York City’ is similar to partnerships with other cities. As in other communities, Hertz will also work with local high schools to create EV education and training. To that end, the rental company will donate five EVs for hands-on training.
Working with BP Pulse, the company will also set up fast-charging hubs across the city, starting in midtown Manhattan. These “will feature ultra-fast chargers of 150kW+ designed to serve Hertz customers, taxi and ride-share drivers, and the public,” it says in a media statement. However, there is no mention of the total number of chargers or locations or when these will be operational.
“New York City is in the driver’s seat as we accelerate towards our clean, green, electric future, and public-private partnerships, like what we’re announcing today with Hertz, will help us get there because to successfully transition New York City to electric vehicles and properly fight climate change, everyone must come along for the ride — from the public to the private sector,” says New York City Mayor Eric Adams.
“New York City has always been on the cutting edge of technology and innovation, making it a natural accelerator for the most significant transformation that’s happened in the auto industry in a century,” says Stephen Scherr, Hertz Chair and CEO. “We are excited to partner with Mayor Adams to launch Hertz Electrifies during Climate Week, helping to make the electric driving experience more accessible in New York City while investing in the city’s workforce.”