Hertz has signed an agreement with Mitsubishi to add the i-MiEV electric city car to the fleets of Hertz and car sharing club Connect by Hertz in the UK.
The roll-out has already started, with two Mitsubishi i-MiEVs now available for Connect by Hertz members in London. Hertz plans to add further i-MiEVs to its fleet throughout the year across the UK.
Customers will be able to charge their vehicles at Hertz charging stations located across the capital as well as at Heathrow and London City Airport. In addition, customers will have access to the Source London public charging points which are being rolled out across London by 2013, as part of the Mayor’s plans for London to become the electric vehicle capital of Europe.
Engineered for the urban environment, the Mitsubishi i-MiEV can accommodate four adults. It has a range of over 90 miles and can be charged up to 80% via a quick charging unit in as little as 30 minutes or fully charged overnight via a standard 3 pin domestic plug socket.
In the UK, the Mitsubishi i-MiEV was the first mass-produced fully electric vehicle to market and has been involved in official government trials since mid-December 2009. On sale officially from August 2010, the Mitsubishi i-MiEV is also the world’s first ever pure-EV to have received the Euro NCAP 4-star Rating.
Hertz’s electric vehicle initiative with Mitsubishi Motors in the UK forms part of the European development of Hertz’s Global Electric Vehicle Programme, launched in December 2010 with the Mitsubishi i-MiEV complementing Hertz’s existing Green Collection.
All the cars in Hertz’s Green Collection in Europe can be reserved by make and model, and offer a CO2 output level of less than 140 g/km, along with 45-65 mpg, depending upon vehicle size, so they are more economical.