During New York City Climate Week, Hertz CEO Stephen Scherr and New York City Mayor Eric Adams inaugurated “Hertz Electrifies New York City,” a groundbreaking public-private partnership designed to amplify electric vehicle (EV) adoption and extend the environmental and economic advantages of electrification across diverse neighborhoods.
This initiative by Hertz aims to integrate up to 1,700 rental EVs into its local fleet, generate 100 new employment opportunities, and collaborate with four public high schools to establish EV education and training programs for students. Additionally, Hertz will donate five EVs to New York City schools to facilitate hands-on training for aspiring auto technicians.
Stephen Scherr, Hertz Chair and CEO, emphasized the significance of this partnership, stating, “New York City has always been on the cutting edge of technology and innovation, making it a natural accelerator for the most significant transformation that’s happened in the auto industry in a century.”
Mayor Adams highlighted the role of such partnerships in achieving a cleaner, greener, and electric future for the city. He expressed pride in expanding the partnership with Hertz during Climate Week, emphasizing the initiative’s role in making EVs more accessible to New Yorkers and preparing the youth for the emerging green economy.
This partnership is part of Mayor Adams’ ambitious plans to transition the city fleet to electric vehicles and build the necessary infrastructure to support this transition, setting a new national standard. The administration is also working on implementing initiatives to encourage more New Yorkers to choose electric vehicles and use public transit, walking, and biking as primary modes of transportation.
To support its growing EV presence in New York, Hertz is collaborating with bp to introduce bp pulse fast charging hubs in New York City, starting with midtown Manhattan. These hubs will feature ultra-fast chargers designed to serve Hertz customers, taxi and ride-share drivers, and the general public.
New York City is committed to reducing transportation emissions by half by 2030 and achieving net-zero transportation emissions by 2050. This partnership with Hertz is a significant step towards achieving these goals and fostering a sustainable future.