Hertz is the first car rental company offering EVs and car share program

Obviously, the EVs are being released in cities that are jumping on the bandwagon and already have a fair amount of charging stations for them. Hertz hopes that other cities that are large transportation hubs will follow suit by installing charging stations to help form an EV grid.

The Connect by Hertz pay-per-hour car share program has already been launched in many cities across the US and the UK. In Florida, only two cities offer the program as they're testing out the program at the University of Tampa and FIU in Miami. Students and faculty members of these schools get their first year's membership fee waived. Right now, each school only has a handful of these vehicles (which do not yet include EVs), so if you're interested in trying one out, get online and make a reservation. See the video below by UT about the program.

Information via Hertz and Inhabitat. Photo: Inhabitat.

The Hertz Corporation has just announced that they'll be adding electric vehicles to their rental and car share fleet starting next week in New York City, followed by Washington DC and San Francisco. Their new program, Connect by Hertz, allows users to rent vehicles for a few days or just a few hours and will have both EVs and standard cars available.

Starting in 2011, Hertz will be adding EVs to all of their locations around the globe. The gas-free cars that will first be available will be the Nissan Leaf, Smart EV (a.k.a.: the Smart Car), Mitsubishi i-Miev, Coda Sedan and the Tesla Roadster.

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