Hertz Chair and CEO Stephen Scherr and Denver Mayor Michael Hancock launched Hertz Electrifies in Denver at Montbello Career and Technical High School and announced intentions to expand the availability of electric vehicles (EVs), charging infrastructure, and EV education and training opportunities in the Denver community.
Denver is the first city in this new public private initiative with Hertz, which is expanding to other cities across the country.
“Hertz is investing in the largest electric vehicle rental fleet in North America and as part of that effort, we are committed to helping communities tap into the economic and environmental benefits of electrification,” said Hertz CEO Stephen Scherr.
“We are proud to launch Hertz Electrifies with the city of Denver and Mayor Hancock, and to partner with Montbello Career and Technical High School to help create EV educational and training opportunities for the workforce of the future.”
Through Hertz Electrifies, Hertz aims to bring up to 5,200 rental EVs to Denver – including models from Tesla, Polestar, and GM – for availability to leisure and business travelers as well as rideshare drivers. In addition, Hertz is supporting the installation of publicly accessible charging infrastructure in partnership with bp and its global high-speed electric charging network, bp pulse. To help inform the buildout of charging infrastructure across all neighborhoods of Denver, Hertz is sharing with the city anonymous, aggregated telematic insights from its fleet of connected cars through its “Hertz Charging Opportunity Index.”
Hertz is donating an electric vehicle and providing EV educational and training materials to Montbello Career and Technical High School to enable the school to incorporate EV technology into its auto servicing curriculum. Hertz is also making summer jobs available to young people in Denver, including through the Denver Youth Employment Program.
“Our partnership with Hertz and their donation of resources and an EV to Montbello Career and Technical High School is a groundbreaking new endeavor to teach young people new skills and prepare them for the next wave of technological advances,” said Denver Mayor Michael B. Hancock.
“We’re targeting this initial effort right where it’s most needed, and also partnering with the Denver Youth Employment Program to make sure there are similar opportunities across the city. These alliances will further educate our youth and put them on a path to success in the economy of tomorrow.”
“At bp we know it’s going to take a high level of coordination to transition to a net zero future,” said Denver native and bp America chairman and president Dave Lawler.
“These public private partnerships are important, and equally important is engaging students early and often to ensure they have the right skills for the future. We can’t do it without them. I commend Mayor Hancock and Hertz as we continue to make steady progress in Denver.”
“Montbello Career and Technical houses the only high school automotive program in the far northeast region of Denver,” said Arnetta Koger, Principal of Montbello Career and Technical High School. “We are glad to partner with Hertz and Denver. Now, with our first electric vehicle, we will be able to ensure that our students are preparing for the jobs and technologies of the future.”
In January, Hertz announced Hertz Electrifies, a new public-private partnership aimed at accelerating the transition to electric vehicles, while creating economic opportunity and environmental benefits for communities. In addition, Hertz and bp have announced an intention to bring fast charging infrastructure to Hertz locations in major cities, including Denver.