Vehicle rental firm Hertz has announced it will make up to 25,000 EVs available to Uber drivers in European capital cities by 2025.
In an expansion to the North American partnership of the two firms, a wide range of EVs will be offered, including cars from Tesla and Polestar.
This will begin in Hertz Europe’s London base in January 2023 and aims to expand to other European capitals, such as Paris and Amsterdam, throughout the year and beyond.
To date, nearly 50,000 drivers have rented a Tesla through the partnership in North America, completing more than 24 million fully-electric trips and 260 million electric miles.
Hertz aims to build one of the largest fleets of rental EVs in the world and Uber plans to become a zero emissions platform in Europe and North America by 2030.
Stephen Scherr, chief executive officer at Hertz, said, “Hertz continues to accelerate the drive toward sustainability and our partnership with Uber significantly advances that goal.
“By making EVs available to rideshare drivers, we will not only contribute to reducing emissions in European cities but also expand opportunities for people to experience the benefits of electrification.
“As Hertz invests to create one of the largest EV fleets globally, our Uber partnership will ensure that we continue to lead in the rapidly-changing mobility landscape across Europe.”
Dara Khosrowshahi, Uber CEO, said, “Expanding our partnership with Hertz into Europe will significantly boost our transition to zero-emissions, helping drivers reduce running costs and cleaning up urban transport.
“We aim to become a 100% electric platform across Europe by 2030.”