The American car rental company Hertz has joined hands with bp. The parties have announced the signing of a memorandum of understanding (MOU) focussing on developing a national network of EV charging stations powered by bp pulse, bp’s global electrification and charging solution brand.
As per the agreement, bp pulse will manage Hertz’s charging infrastructure and customization of its Omega software. This will ensure Hertz’s growing fleet of electric rental cars is charged quickly and efficiently between rentals.
The collaboration benefits bp pulse as Hertz has a national footprint of locations across North America. It will help build and manage a network of fast-charging hubs to serve Hertz customers.
Hertz has already assembled a fleet of tens of thousands of EVs through its large-scale purchases from Tesla, Polestar, and GM. These EVs are available at 500 Hertz locations across 38 states. By the end of 2024, they aim to have one-quarter of their fleet to be electric.
Amply Power, rebranded as bp pulse, installed charging infrastructure at 25 Hertz rental locations in multiple states in 2022.
Hertz CEO Stephan Scherr said: “Hertz is accelerating the adoption of electrification by investing in the largest rental fleet of electric vehicles in North America and expanding the availability of charging stations. We are excited to partner with bp pulse to create a national charging infrastructure for the Hertz fleet.”
The chief executive of bp, Bernard Looney, said, “It’s brilliant to be joining forces with Hertz- quite simply, they are one of the biggest names on the road. Working together to deliver charging facilities and design solutions, we believe we can take the EV driving experience to the next level for US customers.
The MOU assures Hertz and bp’s future of mobility and hopes to accelerate EV consumer adoption.