Hertz and NYC Mayor partner to Advance EV Adoption and Provide Workforce Training

Sept. 22, 2023
The partnership will allow Hertz to add 1,700 rental EVs to its local fleet and to work with public high schools to create EV education and training opportunities

Hertz CEO Stephen Scherr and New York City Mayor Eric Adams have launched "Hertz Electrifies New York City,” a public-private partnership that will help Hertz create a positive impact on EV adoption, job creation, and workforce training in New York City.

The partnership will allow Hertz to:

  • Add up to 1,700 rental EVs to its local fleet.
  • Create over 100 local job for the city.
  • Partner with four public high schools to create EV education and training opportunities for students.
  • Donate five EVs from the Hertz fleet to help New York City schools provide hands-on training to next-generation auto technicians.

The four public high schools Hertz will partner with include A-Tech High School in Brooklyn, Thomas Edison Career and Technical Education High School in Queens, Alfred E. Smith Career and Technical Education High School in the Bronx, and Ralph R. McKee Career and Technical Education High School on Staten Island.

"’Hertz Electrifies New York City’ builds on Mayor Adams' nation-leading efforts to make vehicles in the city more sustainable,” said Stephen Scherr, Hertz Chair and CEO. “The administration is rapidly transitioning the city fleet to electric vehicles and building the necessary infrastructure to support that transition while setting a new national standard by requiring rideshare vehicle companies to be completely zero-emission or wheelchair-accessible by 2030 and pursuing a broader agenda to promote driving electric across the city.”

Hertz is working with bp to unveil bp pulse fast charging hubs in New York City, starting with midtown Manhattan. The hubs will feature ultra-fast chargers of 150kW+ for Hertz customers, taxi and ride-share drivers, and the public.

Hertz is also sharing telematic insights from its fleet of connected cars to assist the city in planning for additional public charging infrastructure across all neighborhoods through its Hertz Charging Opportunity Index.

Hertz will continue making its EV fleet available to rideshare drivers in the city as the Mayor's EV initiatives are implemented. More than 50,000 rideshare drivers have rented EVs from Hertz, registering more than 260 million electric miles across the country to date.

New York City aims to reduce transportation emissions in half by 2030 and achieve net-zero transportation emissions by 2050.

Mayor Adams' "PlaNYC: Getting Sustainability Done” ensures no New Yorker is more than 2.5 miles from an electric vehicle fast-charging hub and requires parking garages and all rideshare vehicles to be either zero-emission or wheelchair accessible by 2030.

The city is also supporting the electrification of freight vehicles, working to pilot the East Coast's first low-emissions zone and creating shared charging depots for electric trucks. The city has already replaced nearly 4,500 fossil-fuel-powered vehicles with electric vehicles and operates its own 1,700-port electric vehicle charging network.