Hertz and Starwood Hotels & Resorts partner on electric vehicles

8th Dec 2010
Hertz and Starwood Hotels & Resorts partner on electric vehicles

The Hertz Corporation, the world’s largest general use airport car rental brand, and Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, Inc. announced today a joint partnership to bring in Hertz Global EV,  a program developed by Hertz using 100% electric and plug-in hybrid vehicles, to key Starwood select-service hotels in North America. Starwood’s select-service portfolio includes the Element Hotels, Aloft Hotels and Four Points by Sheraton Hotels brands.

“Hertz’s partnership with Starwood is a natural step in the development of our Global EV program,” said Mark P. Frissora, Hertz Chairman and Chief Executive Officer. “As we expand our EV network, we are providing drivers with point-to-point access to EVs and EV charging stations. Our relationship with Starwood provides guests from all over the world with access to the future of mobility.”

“This partnership is a perfect complement to Starwood’s own environmental sustainability initiatives,” said Brian McGuinness, Senior Vice President of Specialty Select Brands for Starwood. “The new technologies that, through Hertz EV, we are able to make available to our guests, demonstrate a joint commitment to making driving electric vehicles practical. And, just as significantly, helps raise everyone’s awareness of the importance of clean energy.”

Hertz Global EV is championing an electric and plug-in hybrid vehicle mobility ecosystem, incorporating transportation options and a charging station grid for ease of use. Hertz Global EV will be the first company to provide a range of all-electric and plug-in hybrid vehicles and charging stations on a car sharing and rental basis at global scale.

Hertz is uniquely positioned to introduce multiple groups of consumers—urban drivers, university students, travelers and corporations—to all-electric and plug-in hybrid vehicles. As part of its Global EV strategy, Hertz is forming partnerships with auto manufacturers, charging station providers, municipalities, NGOs, hospitality chains and other stakeholders.



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