There’s a good chance the first time you experience driving a Tesla might be in a rental car. While many large rental car companies, including Hertz, offer Tesla’s in the fleet inventory, they’re few and far between. However, that’s about to change as Hertz just placed an order for 100,000 Tesla Model 3 vehicles.
According to Bloomberg, Hertz rental car just placed the single biggest order for electric vehicles in history, grabbing 100,000 Tesla cars worth nearly $4.2 billion. The move comes only a few months after Hertz almost went bankrupt but has now switched gears and aims to offer the largest EV rental fleet in North America.
When you rent a Tesla from Hertz, you’ll have access to Tesla’s extensive network of 3,000 superchargers across the US and Europe. Additionally, Hertz plans to supplement that network with thousands of its own EV charging stations to support its broad rollout of EV rental options in the future.
As we all know, electric vehicles are more mainstream than ever, and that’s not going to slow down anytime soon. Every major brand is building, offering, or plans to offer EV cars, trucks, SUVs, and CUV vehicles, and this move positions Hertz to lead the charge.
Before this announcement, select users could rent a Tesla Model S from Hertz, but only from their expensive “Dream Car Collection.” Furthermore, other brands, including National and Enterprise, have Tesla options. However, these are in limited supply, for members only, or cost extra as part of luxury packages.
Now, with Hertz ordering 100,000 of Tesla’s more affordable Model 3 sedan, getting a Tesla rental car at a decent price could be more accessible in the future.
via The Verge