Hertz has just placed an order for 100,000 Tesla Model 3 following its bankruptcy and subsequent recovery. The company will lease 50,000 of those electric cars to Uber drivers for use within the U.S. network.
The mobility company says that, starting in November, drivers who do not own a car will be able to rent a Tesla through the Hertz program. That said, this will be available in Los Angeles, San Francisco, San Diego and Washington, DC, with further expansion across the country.
Uber considers the agreement with Hertz and Tesla cars to be both environmentally and profit-enhancing for drivers. The company drives the transition from gasoline to electric mobility with incentive programs that offer more money if the trip is “Uber Green.”
Hertz, for its part, points out that drivers will be able to benefit from savings thanks to reduced maintenance costs – and because they won’t have to spend on traditional fuel, of course. And for those who have doubts about how it works and what the benefits of an electric car are, the company will offer consultancies.
Tesla car rentals for Uber drivers will start at $334 per week. As the program rolls out, they will drop to $299 or less. Initially, drivers will need to have a minimum 4.7-star rating and have completed 150 trips to be selected.
With the order to Tesla, when complete by the end of 2022, 20% of Hertz’s global fleet will have been fully electrified. The adoption of thousands of these cars by Uber will help the mobility app company move closer to its goal of zero emissions by 2040.
Agreements such as these only reaffirm that the future of mobility is electric, and that the combustion car is destined to disappear in favor of innovation and environmentally friendly proposals.
While Uber will offer its rental program only in the United States, Hertz will rent the rest of its Tesla Model 3s to private customers in Europe as of next November. By the end of 2022, Hertz’s electric fleet will be distributed in 65 countries and will reach 100 by 2023.