Hertz and Uber have announced that following their successful North American partnership, they now plan to expand their partnership in Europe, whereby Hertz will make up to 25,000 electric vehicles available to Uber drivers in European capital cities by 2025. The plan is to offer a wide range of suitable EVs, including cars from Tesla and Polestar (pictured here).
Hertz’s strategy through this partnership with Uber is to build one of the largest fleets of rental EVs in the world. It also compliments Uber’s industry-leading commitment to become a zero emissions platform in Europe and North America by 2030.
In North America the successful partnership has already benefited tens of thousands of drivers on the Uber platform, and so far, almost 50,000 drivers have rented a Tesla through this programme, which translates to over 24 million fully-electric trips and over 260 million electric miles.
London will be Hertz’s first city in Europe, with the partnership getting under way this month. There are then plans to roll the programme out to other European capitals, including Paris and Amsterdam throughout the year and into 2024.
Dara Khosrowshahi, Uber CEO, said:
“As the largest mobility platform in the world, we know that our impact goes beyond our technology. Climate change is the most urgent global challenge which we must all tackle together – now is the time to accelerate. Expanding our partnership with Hertz into Europe will significantly boost our transition to zero-emissions, helping drivers reduce running costs and cleaning up urban transport. We aim to become a 100% electric platform across Europe by 2030.”
While Stephen Scherr, Chief Executive Officer at Hertz, added:
“Hertz continues to accelerate the drive toward sustainability and our partnership with Uber significantly advances that goal. By making EVs available to rideshare drivers, we will not only contribute to reducing emissions in European cities but also expand opportunities for people to experience the benefits of electrification. As Hertz invests to create one of the largest EV fleets globally, our Uber partnership will ensure that we continue to lead in the rapidly changing mobility landscape across Europe.”
Simon Burrell is Editor of Our Man Behind The Wheel, a professional photographer and former saloon car racing driver.
Photograph courtesy of Hertz