Electric car rental scheme launched by Hertz and Milton Keynes CouncilJan 16, 2013
The free-to-join Hertz On Demand car sharing club means that customers will be able to park and charge the Nissan LEAF vehicles for free at charging bays in the city.
The cars can be booked in seconds over the phone, using an iPhone app, or by visiting www.hertzondemand.co.uk. Rates include insurance, maintenance, cleaning, and roadside assistance, and all-electric vehicles eliminate the costs of fuel and mileage fees.
Drivers can also top up their electric charge at more than 100 towns and cities across the UK, including Luton, London and Cambridge, through Chargemaster’s Source London and POLAR national electric vehicle charging networks.
There are 100 POLAR charging points in and within 20 miles of Milton Keynes.
Milton Keynes Mayor Cllr Catriona Morris is pictured with Hertz’s Tim Blackwell at the scheme’s launch yesterday (Tuesday).
Cllr John Bint, Milton Keynes Council cabinet member for transport and highways, said: “Milton Keynes Council is committed to reducing the impact on our natural environment and we always welcome ideas which will assist us in achieving this goal.
"The Hertz On Demand electric car share service is an excellent addition to our existing environmental initiatives; not only helping us in cutting down on our carbon emissions but also contributing to our local community by reducing traffic congestion and the pressure for residents’ parking spaces."
The charging nework for electric vehicles in the Uk has been development by Chargemaster’s technical team, which has more than 25 years’ experience developing traffic information and fleet management services at Cranfield-based Trafficmaster.
Chargemaster chief executive David Martell said: “Users will have the benefit of being able to charge their cars at many places across the region and nationally through the POLAR charging network, making everyday usage a viable proposition. This scheme will further help familiarise people with electric vehicles and encourage an increase in their adoption."
Hertz International president Michel Taride said: “Electric vehicles are of huge importance to us and in the UK we’re dedicated to expanding our electric mobility solutions outside of London.
"This partnership highlights the growing popularity of car-sharing in communities seeking green solutions which are both convenient and cost-effective. The other attraction of this scheme lies in its simplicity – members can simply click, book and drive."