"To help people transition to electric vehicles, what if you start with rental
cars? That’s the theory of a collaboration between rental car company Hertz
Global Holdings Inc. and the city of Denver.
A public-private partnership dubbed Hertz Electrifies will bring some 5,200
rental EVs to the city as part of an effort to ease some of the challenges of
Hertz plans to market the electric vehicles as try-before-you-buy, meaning
interested residents can spend a few days experiencing electric car life before
making a more permanent commitment.
The rental car company will also fund and oversee the installation of dozens of
public EV chargers at Denver International Airport and other spots around the
city, working with EV charging network BP Pulse.
For Denver officials, the partnership’s most important component is that Hertz
will provide data that could help the city decide where more public EV chargers
are needed the most, and in what quantity. That’s because the rental cars will
be equipped with telematics systems, which collect and transmit GPS and a range
of other data so officials know where electric vehicles are being driven.
“Building out our EV charging infrastructure is a key component of our own EV
adoption goals as a city, and this data will help inform on where that
infrastructure will be needed the most,” said city of Denver spokesperson Mike
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