Hertz once again increases its fleet of electric vehicles, announcing tuesday which has reached an agreement with General Motors to buy 175,000 electric vehicles from the automaker’s Chevrolet, Buick, GMC, Cadillac and BrightDrop brands over the next five years. Customers will see the first offerings, namely the Chevrolet Bolt EV and Bolt EUV, hit Hertz lots beginning in the first quarter of next year.
The deal, which runs through 2027, will bring a wide variety of models to Hertz’s growing herd of electric vehicles. Between now and 2027, the rental company expects its customers to drive around 8 billion miles in such electric vehicles, which will prevent the emission of approximately 3.5 million metric tons of carbon dioxide. Hertz plans to convert a quarter of its rental fleet to battery electric by 2024.
This news follows Hertz’s order for 65,000 vehicles from Polestar in April, on which the high-performance electric vehicle maker has already started deliveries. An earlier announcement in 2021 that led many to believe that Tesla would supply Hertz’s fleet with 100,000 vehicles, worth an estimated $4.2 billion, was quickly dismissed by Tesla CEO Elon Musk. Hertz is already planning to rent 50,000 Tesla EVs to drivers from Uber, which now operates in 25 North American cities, it is not known if the GM vehicles will be offered on similar terms.
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