Hertz And Nissan Launch Electric Vehicle Initiative In Milan, Italy
Hertz Continues Its Leadership In Electric Vehicle Deployment
LONDON, Dec. 11, 2012
LONDON, Dec. 11, 2012 /PRNewswire/ --The Hertz Corporation (NYSE: HTZ), the
world's largest general use car rental brand, has launched an ElectriCity
initiative in Milan to provide Nissan LEAF electric vehicles for rent by the
hour or day. The Nissan LEAFs can be rented from Hertz Milano Centrale railway
station location (Via Cappellini 10), and are bookable online at www.hertz.it.
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IKEA, which hosted the official launch at its Milan - San Giuliano store, has
agreed with Hertz to offer a specially discounted rental price for member
customers of the IKEA Family. The electric vehicles also have free access to
Milan's ZTL congestion zone (C area), with free parking in pay and display
parking spaces marked by blue stripes. The ElectriCity Milan launch follows
the success of Hertz's electric vehicle offerings in other major cities
including Rome, Paris, London, New York City and Washington D.C.
Michel Taride, President of Hertz International, said: "Hertz offers electric
vehicles in more cities than any other rental company and we are committed to
offering eco-friendly mobility solutions for business or holiday journeys. We
believe that renting cars such as the Nissan LEAF to city dwellers and
visitors can help increase the use of this new technology."
Massimiliano Archiapatti, General Manager of Hertz Italy, added: "Thanks to
our partnership with IKEA Family, our joint customers can rent the Nissan
LEAFs with a 20% discount and use them to easily shop at the Milan stores in
San Giuliano, Carugate and Corsico. They can also re-charge the Nissan LEAF
for free at IKEA's electric vehicle charging stations."
Stefano Brown, Sustainability Manager, Retail, IKEA Group said: "IKEA wants to
take a leading role towards a low carbon society by significantly reducing CO2
emissions and adopting new technologies for renewable energy and mobility
solutions. Today more than half of the energy used for IKEA buildings is
renewable. With this cooperation with Hertz we confirm our commitment to help
encourage a new type of mobility by making it available for our IKEA Family
customers at a special price."
Bernard Loire, Manager of Nissan Italy, stated: "We're proud to be involved in
this innovative electric mobility project along with Hertz and IKEA, who -
like us - have always been committed to developing sustainable solutions that
combine nature, people and vehicles."
Alberto Sabatino, Corporate Sales Manager of Nissan Italy, added: "With
ElectriCity, Hertz and IKEA customers can experience the innovative driving
experience of Nissan's LEAF. Thanks to its electrical range, customers will be
able to drive the Nissan LEAF from Milan to IKEA stores within the Milan urban
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.
As the world's largest airport general-use car-rental brand, Hertz is
introducing multiple groups of consumers – urban drivers, university students,
travellers and corporations – to all-electric and plug-in hybrid vehicles. As
a result, the company is forming partnerships with automakers,
charging-station providers, municipalities, non-governmental organizations,
corporations and other stakeholders to make EVs easily accessible to
Hertz plans to increase its global EV presence by deploying vehicles in other
countries in the coming months. Hertz Global EV will continue to leverage the
company's rental and car sharing locations as bases for vehicles and charging
stations, and tap into its technology – including sophisticated fleet
management tools and consumer-facing GPS systems, including Hertz NeverLost in
the U.S. – to help form an EV grid.
Hertz operates its car rental business through the Hertz, Dollar and Thrifty
brands from approximately 10,400 corporate, licensee and franchisee locations
in North America, Europe, Latin America, Asia, Australia, Africa, the Middle
East and New Zealand. Hertz is the largest worldwide airport general use car
rental brand, operating from approximately 8,800 corporate and licensee
locations in approximately 150 countries. Hertz is the number one airport car
rental brand in the U.S. and at 111 major airports in Europe. Dollar and
Thrifty have approximately 1,580 corporate and franchisee locations in
approximately 80 countries.
Hertz is an inaugural member of Travel + Leisure's World's Best Awards Hall of
Fame and was recently named, for the thirteenth time, by the magazine's
readers as the Best Car Rental Agency. Hertz was also voted the Best Overall
Car Rental Company in Zagat's 2012/13 U.S. Car Rental Survey, earning top
honors in 14 additional categories, and the Company swept the global awards
for Best Rewards Program and Best Overall Benefits from FlyerTalk.com.
Product and service initiatives such as Hertz Gold Plus Rewards, NeverLost®,
and unique cars and SUVs offered through the Company's Adrenaline, Prestige
and Green Traveler Collections, also set Hertz apart from the competition.
Additionally, Hertz owns the vehicle leasing and fleet management leader
Donlen Corporation and operates the Hertz On Demand car sharing business. The
Company also owns a leading North American equipment rental business, Hertz
Equipment Rental Corporation, which includes Hertz Entertainment Services.
Nissan Motor Co., Ltd., the second largest Japanese car manufacturer by sales,
is headquartered in Yokohama (Japan) and is a Renault-Nissan Alliance partner.
With over 248.000 employees worldwide, Nissan sold more than 4.8 million
vehicles in 2011 generating revenue of 9.4 trillion yen (118.95 billion US
dollars). Committed to developing innovative vehicles, Nissan offers a range
of 64 models through the Nissan and Infiniti brands. A zero-emissions pioneer,
they reached an historical landmark with the introduction of the Nissan LEAF,
the first fully electric vehicle for mass market sale at a reasonable price,
winning numerous awards, such as Car of the Year 2011 in Europe, Car of the
Year 2011-2012 in Japan and World Car of the Year 2011.
For more information on Nissan electric vehicles visit
Further information is available on www.newsroom.nissan-europe.com/it/
(Hertz US): (Nissan Italy)
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