18 APRIL 2011

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Article from BTNews 18 APRIL 2011

Hertz goes electric in London

Electric cars have been around since the invention of the internal combustion engine but their practicalities have caused concern, particularly regarding range.  Now Hertz have come up with a practical and cheap car rental scheme initially using the pure-electric (EV) Mitsubishi i-MiEV city car available to Connect by Hertz members to zip around London.  Hertz plans to add further i-MiEVs to its fleets throughout the year across the UK.  If you don’t belong to Connect by Hertz signing up is free. 

Cost is just £4 per hour or £40 for 24 hours, but that includes a full charge.  In practical terms it is by far the cheapest way to get to central London from Heathrow for a single person, and ridiculously cheap for four.  No congestion charges to pay either.

Customers will be able to charge their vehicles at Hertz stations located across the capital as well as at Heathrow and London City Airport.  In addition, customers will have access to the Source London public charging points which are being rolled out across the city.  The Mayor intends for London to become the electric vehicle capital of Europe by 2013. 

Hertz will announce an electric bike next week. www.hertz.com

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