Hertz and MINDDRIVE Partner on Sustainable Mobility and Education Campaign
--Hertz sponsors MINDDRIVE students in a cross country road trip to promote
sustainable technology and green travel --
PARK RIDGE, N.J., May 6, 2013
PARK RIDGE, N.J., May 6, 2013 /PRNewswire/ --The Hertz Corporation (NYSE:
HTZ) announced a partnership with MINDDRIVE, a non-profit educational program,
to engage and educate local communities about sustainable mobility through a
cross country road trip in an electric vehicle built by MINDDRIVE students.
MINDDRIVE teaches at-risk high school students business and technology based
skills by converting older model cars into electric vehicles.
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"MINDDRIVE is a great partner for Hertz as both of our organizations are
actively promoting positive sustainability and community outcomes through
fleet, innovation and technology," said Mark P. Frissora, Chairman and CEO of
Hertz. "Just as MINDDRIVE engages students through first-hand learning and
technology, Hertz believes that providing our customers with the opportunity
to drive new, alternative fuel vehicles will help educate them about the
benefits of sustainable transportation."
To help raise awareness about green transport and travel, Hertz is sponsoring
the MINDDRIVE teams' cross country road trip this summer, as well as providing
support vehicles from its Green Traveler Collection. The Green Traveler
Collection includes high fuel economy and alternative fuel vehicles, such as
hybrids, electric vehicles and clean diesel.
The 2013 MINDDRIVE campaign includes rebuilding a 1967 Karmann Ghia into a
fully electric, low-speed, neighborhood car. The team will be touring the
country in the rebuilt EV to help raise awareness about MINDDRIVE's education
program. From there, students will replicate the neighborhood car design using
sustainable materials, including molded plywood and fiberglass, resulting in a
lightweight, ultra-efficient and sustainable vehicle. This Series 2 Karmann
Ghia will become a kit car for low-production resale.
"Our mission is to inspire students to learn, expand their vision of the
future, and to have a positive influence on urban workforce development," says
Steve Rees, MINDDRIVE founder. "When our students work shoulder-to-shoulder
for 16 weeks with an adult mentor, they begin to envision a different outcome
for their lives."
MINDDRIVE, is a 501(c)3 organization based in Kansas City, Missouri which
serves the high school students, teaching math, science, technology and
creativity through hands-on, experiential learning. The program ignites the
students' engagement in their education and their futures by providing
state-of-the-art projects that address important global issues of our time.
For more information, visit http://www.minddrive.org.
About The Hertz Corporation
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
To make car rental reservations or for more information, customers can call
Hertz toll-free at 1-800-654-3131. Information and reservations are also
available on the web at www.hertz.com.
To learn more about Hertz's global sustainability efforts, visit
SOURCE The Hertz Corporation
Contact: Lemore Hecht, (201) 307-2574, firstname.lastname@example.org; Linda Buchner,
MINDDRIVE President, Linda@minddrive.org, 816-916-4111
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