Shanghai, China – Hertz has expanded its global electric vehicle (EV) program into China, making it the first global rental car company to offer EVs on three continents.

Hertz now offers EVs for rent in select cities in the U.S., the United Kingdom and Europe. The initiative marks the first EV rental service in China.

The program includes Hertz’s alliance with GE Industrial Solutions China to develop a new business model to market EVs, including the co-location of vehicles and GE’s infrastructure; participation in Shanghai’s International EV Pilot City to propel an EV rental program; and a partnership with Chinese auto brand BYD for electric vehicle sales and leasing and to promote new energy applications to propel and further develop the EV marketplace in China.

“China has committed to rapidly expand electric vehicle travel and Hertz is committed to supporting the important EV Pilot City program,” said Mark Frissora, chairman and CEO of Hertz. “Working with our existing rental car network in China and partners such as GE, we are dedicated to helping build the necessary EV infrastructure in China and to create a new transportation solution that employs the latest technology and harnesses innovations being launched in China today.”

As part of its partnership, Hertz will introduce the BYD e6 into its Chinese fleet.

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