Hertz Is Buying 100,000 Teslas in a Massive $4.2 Billion Deal

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    Hertz Is Buying 100,000 Teslas in a Massive $4.2 Billion Deal

    • On Monday, rental giant Hertz announced that it is ordering 100,000 Tesla Model 3 EVs, making it “the largest EV rental fleet in North America.”
    • You’ll start to find Tesla Model 3 cars at some locations in the U.S. and Europe in early November. Hertz expects to complete the full order by the end of 2022.
    • Hertz will also install “thousands” of charging stations at its locations, which will supplement Tesla’s already expansive Supercharger network.

      UPDATE 10/25/2021, 1:30 p.m.: Hertz’s purchase deal is for Tesla Model 3 cars, a Hertz spokesperson confirmed to Car and Driver, although the company expects to add “a variety of makes and models” in time as part of a strategy to dominate the EV-rental marketplace.

      When asked about rental costs for these newly acquired Teslas, the spokesperson told C/D that they will go for “a rate similar to our premium and luxury vehicles,” explaining that there will be a “differentiated and premium rental experience” involved in renting a Model 3 from Hertz. The spokesperson also said customers can return the EVs not fully recharged “for now,” a difference from the rules for returning gasoline-powered vehicles. Additionally, the spokesperson listed which cities will get Tesla Model 3 rental cars by the end of 2021; the list can be found at the end of this article.


      In a major move both for Tesla and the rental-car market, Hertz announced on Monday that it has ordered 100,000 Teslas. The rental-car company’s $4.2 billion order represents the single largest electric vehicle (EV) purchase to date, as Bloomberg noted. Tesla Model 3 cars will start appearing at Hertz’s airport and other rental locations next month. The cars will continue to roll out across locations in the U.S. and Europe through the end of 2022.

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      Hertz also announced that customers who rent a Model 3 before February 1, 2022 will get free charging privileges. The company did not specify whether all 100,000 cars will be Model 3s, but did not mention other Tesla models.

      A big part of this deal, of course, is that Hertz customers will get to use Tesla’s expansive Supercharger network, and Hertz also said it will install “thousands” of chargers across the U.S. and Europe. The Hertz plan is to set up Level 2 and DC fast-charging stations in 65 cities by the end of 2022, and more than 100 by the end of 2023. However, the rental company alluded to “semiconductor chip shortages or other constraints” as one reason that ambition could be delayed.

      Hertz is also promising faster booking through an EV-specific function on the Hertz app.

      The rental-car company first offered EVs in 2011 and started offering the Tesla Model S at airports in California in 2013. As recently as 2017, Hertz and Enterprise both told Car and Driver that they were cutting their EV fleets due to low demand. One obvious difference between 2017 and today is that the growth of Tesla’s Supercharger network makes an EV rental a much more practical proposition.

      Hertz provided C/D with this list of cities that will get rental Tesla Model 3s by the end of 2021: Atlanta, Austin, Baltimore, Birmingham, Boston, Charlotte, Chicago, Dallas, Denver, Detroit, Fresno, Ft Myers, Honolulu, Houston, Jacksonville, Kansas City, Las Vegas, Los Angeles, Maui, Memphis, Miami, Minneapolis, Nashville, New Orleans, New York City, Norfolk, Oklahoma City, Orlando, Philadelphia, Phoenix, Pittsburgh, Portland, Raleigh, Richmond, Sacramento, Salt Lake City, San Antonio, San Diego, San Francisco, San Jose, Seattle, St. Louis, Tampa, Tucson, Tulsa, Washington, D.C.


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      Published at Tue, 26 Oct 2021 21:20:00 +0000

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