Hertz Launches Electric Car Club For Milton Keynes

Tue Jan 15, 2013 11:30am EST

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- Hertz On Demand provides Nissan LEAF car share service for residents and visitors

LONDON, Jan. 15, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- The Hertz Corporation (NYSE : HTZ) has signed an
all-electric car sharing partnership with Milton Keynes Council. Through the
free-to-join Hertz On Demand car sharing club, local residents and businesses will be
able to reserve and drive Nissan LEAF vehicles in Milton Keynes from just £5.00 per
hour. Customers will be able to park and charge the vehicles for free at charging bays
in the city. Additionally, customers can top up their electric charge at more than 100
towns and cities across the UK, including London, Luton and Cambridge, through
Chargemaster's Source London and POLAR national electric vehicle charging networks.

Michel Taride, President of Hertz International, said: "It is a pleasure to work with
Milton Keynes Council to launch electric vehicle car sharing for residents, businesses
and visitors. Electric vehicles are of huge importance to us and in the UK we're
dedicated to expanding our electric mobility solutions outside of London. This
partnership highlights the growing popularity of car-sharing in communities seeking
green solutions which are both convenient and cost-effective. The other attraction of
this scheme lies in its simplicity - members can simply click, book and drive." 

Councillor Bint Cabinet Member for Transport and Highways commented: "We are delighted
to be able to offer the Hertz On Demand car sharing scheme to residents and visitors.
Milton Keynes Council is committed to reducing the impact on our natural environment and
we always welcome ideas which will assist us in achieving this goal. The Hertz On Demand
electric car share service is an excellent addition to our existing environmental
initiatives; not only helping us in cutting down on our carbon emissions but also
contributing to our local community by reducing traffic congestion and the pressure for
residents' parking spaces."

David Martell, Chief Executive of Chargemaster plc, added: "Chargemaster is delighted to
be participating in such an innovative programme along with Hertz and Milton Keynes
Council. Users will have the benefit of being able to charge their cars at many places
across the region and nationally through the POLAR charging network, making everyday
usage a viable proposition. This scheme will further help familiarise people with
electric vehicles and encourage an increase in their adoption."

Committed to providing an economical, convenient and socially-conscious alternative to
car ownership, Hertz On Demand offers a global network of car share vehicles for rental
by the hour or day. This includes electric vehicles in cities such as Rome, Paris,
London and New York. 

In Milton Keynes, the Hertz On Demand electric cars are available to hire from £5.00 per
hour, and can be booked in seconds over the phone, using an iPhone app, or by visiting
www.hertzondemand.co.uk [http://www.hertzondemand.co.uk/]. Rates include insurance,
maintenance, cleaning, and roadside assistance, and all-electric vehicles eliminate the
costs of fuel and mileage fees. 

In addition to the 100 POLAR charging points in Milton Keynes and within 20 miles of the
town, the POLAR charging scheme provides Hertz On Demand customers with access to over
2,000 points across the country, including rapid charging units that can charge a Nissan
LEAF in approximately 20 minutes.

Hertz On Demand customers also exclusively benefit from a membership that is free for
life, while the global roaming network allows access to vehicles in seven countries
worldwide, more than any other provider. Membership is open to anyone over the age of 21
with a licence valid for the UK.

All Hertz On Demand customers benefit from keyless entry to vehicles via a smart
chip-enabled RFID device, along with access to a cutting-edge communication system that
offers in-vehicle member care around the clock. The Nissan LEAF provides efficiency,
performance and range: a complete recharge can support more than 100 miles (175km) while
on-board technology generates electricity while travelling.

As the world's largest general-use car-rental brand, Hertz is introducing multiple
groups of consumers to all-electric and plug-in hybrid vehicles. Through partnerships
with a range of organisations including manufacturers, charging networks, corporations
and universities, Hertz is making it easier than ever before for consumers to trial
electric technology. 

Committed to increasing its global electric vehicle presence, Hertz also plans to deploy
vehicles in other countries and territories in coming months, leveraging its rental and
car sharing locations as bases for vehicles and charging stations. Furthermore Hertz's
advance technology - including sophisticated fleet management tools and consumer-facing
GPS systems - will be employed to achieve a goal of an international electric vehicle
grid.

About Hertz On Demand 
Hertz On Demand has more than 230,000 members and 1600 vehicles located at over 800
locations worldwide, including cities, corporate offices and universities. Hertz On
Demand offers vehicles equipped with keyless entry, and benefits covered by the
competitive hourly rate including fuel, insurance, 24/7 roadside assistance, 24-hour in
car Member Care Centre communication, and, in the US, 180 free miles per 24 hours. For
more information about Hertz On Demand in the UK, visit
www.hertzondemand.com/London/en-GB/Home [http://www.hertzondemand.com/London/en-GB/Home]

About Hertz 
Hertz is the world's largest general use car rental company, operating from over 8,650
corporate locations in 150 countries worldwide. Hertz is in its 93rd year of delivering
quality car rental solutions to leisure and corporate customers. Product and service
innovations such as Hertz #1 Club Gold, Worldwide Online Check-in, specially designed
NeverLost® satellite navigation systems, and unique cars offered through the company's
Prestige, Family, Fun/Adrenaline and Green Collections, set Hertz apart from the
competition. For more information please go to http://www.hertz.com/
[http://www.hertz.com/]

About Milton Keynes Council 
Milton Keynes has a track record of linking innovation, CO2 reduction in energy
efficiency on the one hand and quality of life on the other. Its well-coordinated
programmes featuring cutting edge technologies and pioneering partners means we are
leading the way in reducing carbon emissions across the borough and becoming a show case
city. As part of its transport strategy we are fast becoming something of a green
transport hub with the introduction of electric car charging points, e-car clubs and the
new plans to introduce electric buses in the borough in 2013. For more information
visit: www.milton-keynes.gov.uk/ [http://www.milton-keynes.gov.uk/]

About the Nissan LEAF 
Nissan LEAF is a highly popular all-electric vehicle and features a 4 star Euro NCAP
rating. It comes with a compact electric engine, with 80 kW power and 280 NM torque,
powered by a 24 kWh lithium ion laminated battery which guarantees efficiency, great
performance and range. While travelling downhill or braking, the special brake system
converts the Nissan LEAF's kinetic energy into electric energy, helping to recharge the
battery. A dashboard display indicates the efficiency of the driving. A complete
recharge is enough for a distance of 175 km. In addition, with the ECO option drivers
can reduce the electric energy consumption, increasing the driving range per recharge.

About Chargemaster Plc 
Chargemaster is the premier supplier of electric vehicle charging solutions in the UK
and Europe. Its partners and customers include: TfL, Hertz, Waitrose, Asda, Sainsbury,
SSE, British Gas, EDF, Vinci, East of England PiP and over 15 local authorities across
the UK. Chargemaster has recently won a significant contract to install up to 1,000
charging units in Amsterdam over the next two years. Chargemaster charging units have
been tested and validated by all current manufacturers of electric vehicles.
Chargemaster's technical and management team led by David Martell has over 25 years'
experience in developing and managing telematics and motoring orientated
infrastructures. This was largely developed through its work at Trafficmaster which saw
the roll out of over 6,000 traffic detection sites in England, Scotland and Wales. For
more information on Chargemaster please visit: www.chargemasterplc.com
[http://www.chargemasterplc.com/]

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