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The Tesla Model S is slowly infiltrating our rental car and chauffeured lives, having already gone to Las Vegas with Zappos as a taxi and San Francisco with car-sharing service Get Around. Now a lot more people will have the chance to get into one with its inclusion in the Hertz Dream Cars fleet, joining 19 petrol-powered rockets like the Aston Martin V8 Vantage, Mercedes SLS AMG and SRT Viper. What's more, in case you missed it when it was new, the Tesla Roadster will join its sibling in the Dream Cars corral.

Although the Dream Cars are available in 35 markets, the Teslas will only come to two: San Francisco and Los Angeles airports. The rental Model S gets the 85-kWh battery with a range of 265 miles, and appears to be the P85 Performance model since Hertz lists a 0-to-60 mile per hour time of 4.2 seconds.

You can read more about it in the press release below, and if your vacation plans include California, this could give you a chance to get into a Model S faster than someone who buys one.
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Hertz Introduces The All-Electric Tesla Model S To Expanding U.S. Dream Cars

PARK RIDGE, N.J., Sept. 25, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- The Hertz Corporation (NYSE: HTZ), the world's largest general use airport car rental brand, today announced the expansion of its Dream Cars with the introduction of the all-electric Tesla Model S in the U.S. With the expansion, consumers in select markets are now able to rent both the Tesla Model S and Tesla Roadster, along with a variety of other high-end performance vehicles, from Ferrari to Lamborghini to Porsche and Mercedes Benz, offered in Hertz's Dream Cars, a line of ultra-high-end performance vehicles that redefine the premium car rental experience.

"Customer and industry support for Hertz's Dream Cars has been overwhelming, so adding the Tesla Model S to the already outstanding fleet was an easy choice," said Mark P. Frissora, Hertz Chairman and CEO. "The ability to offer a truly unique driving experience to Hertz customers is a thrill, and the addition of this vehicle shows the passion we have in offering the best and most diverse fleet to our customers."

The Tesla Model S will be available in California – at San Francisco and Los Angeles airports -- and are the 85kWh model, capable of 265 miles on one charge. The all electric, zero emissions car can go 0-60 mph in 4.2 seconds. The Tesla Model S is the world's first premium sedan built from the ground up as an electric vehicle. At the heart of Model S is the proven Tesla powertrain, delivering both unprecedented range and a thrilling drive experience. With a rigid body structure, nearly 50/50 weight distribution and a low center of gravity, Model S offers the responsiveness and agility expected from the world's best sports cars while providing the ride quality of a luxury performance sedan. The Tesla Model S was named Motor Trend's 2013 Car of the Year [R] and received Consumer Reports highest score ever given to a car as well as NHTSA's 5-star safety rating.

Hertz Dream Cars expand the availability for consumers to enjoy an once-in-a-lifetime luxury travel experience. Hertz Dream Cars, offered in 35 markets including Los Angeles, Miami and Las Vegas, includes:

Aston Martin V8 Vantage
Audi R8, Spyder
Bentley Continental GT
Cadillac CTS-V
Ferrari (California, F430)
Lamborghini Gallardo
Land Rover Range Rover Sport
Mercedes-Benz AMG (SLS, C63, E63)
Mercedes-Benz (SL550, G550)
Porsche (911, Cayenne, Boxster, Panamera)
SRT Viper
Tesla Model S

The introduction of the all-electric Tesla Model S is part of Hertz's Living Journey which focuses on the integration of sustainability best practices into the Company's operations. Hertz's Living Journey focuses on smart mobility solutions, the environment, community outreach, and Hertz's overall commitment to corporate social responsibility. Through Hertz's Living Journey, 74% of Hertz's cars average 28+ mpg and the Company's Green Traveler Collection features low emission and fuel efficient vehicles which average better than 48+ mpg and includes a range of Hybrids, Electric, CNG, and clean diesel vehicles.

Hertz has been recognized for its sustainability achievements and has received Zagat's "Best Green Options", Global Business Travel Association's "Sustainable Innovation Award", Swedish Association of Green Motorists' "Most Environmentally Friendly Car Rental Company", and Fleet News UK's "Environmental Award."

Hertz is committed to providing customers the fastest, easiest and most valued rental experience with technological innovations and personalized service, which include:

- Carfirmation: A mobile email/SMS text service – Mobile Gold Alerts -- that confirms a Gold customer's reservation, advises of their car, and its location at the Hertz facility.
- Carfirmation Upgrade: Shows other available cars and upgrades and lets members select the one they want – all on their mobile device in three simple steps.
- Choose Control: Hertz Gold Choice gives the customer the power to keep the car they reserved or simply choose another, something no other car rental brand offers.
- Zap Technology: Hertz's e-Return is the fastest way for customers to return their cars with a receipt emailed to the customer in a flash.
- Acceler-Rental: Hertz is the first car rental company to now offer both airport and neighborhood location customers the ability to rent cars through a live face-to-face video kiosk with Hertz ExpressRent™ kiosks.
- Mobile Apps: As consumers are looking to mobile technologies as a way to take control of their travel experience, from on-the-go bookings to instant upgrades.
- Hertz App: Book, modify and search car rental reservations, find locations, and browse special deals and offers all from the palm of your hand.
- Hertz NeverLost My Explore App: Users can plan their itinerary and navigate popular cities all on their smart phones.
- Hertz 24/7 App: Customers have 24/7 access to a variety of vehicles when and where they need them with the ability to reserve a car or modify an existing reservation and view upcoming and previous reservations.

About Hertz
Hertz operates its car rental business through the Hertz, Dollar, Thrifty, and Firefly brands from approximately 10,400 corporate, licensee and franchisee locations in North America, Europe, Latin America, Asia, Australia, Africa, the Middle East and New Zealand. Hertz is the largest worldwide airport general use car rental brand, operating from approximately 8,800 corporate and licensee locations in approximately 150 countries. Hertz is the number one airport car rental brand in the U.S. and at 111 major airports in Europe. Hertz is an inaugural member of Travel + Leisure's World's Best Awards Hall of Fame and was recently named, for the fourteenth time, by the magazine's readers as the Best Car Rental Agency. Hertz was also voted the Best Overall Car Rental Company in Zagat's 2013/14 U.S. Car Rental Survey, earning top honors in 10 additional categories, and the Company swept the global awards for Best Rewards Program and Best Overall Benefits from FlyerTalk.com. Product and services such as Hertz Gold Plus Rewards, NeverLost®, and unique cars and SUVs offered through the Company's Adrenaline, Prestige and Green Traveler Collections, set Hertz apart from the competition. Additionally, Hertz owns the vehicle leasing and fleet management leader Donlen Corporation and operates a leading North American equipment rental business, Hertz Equipment Rental Corporation, which includes Hertz Entertainment Services.

SOURCE The Hertz Corporation


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      m_2012
      • 1 Year Ago
      Added test drives and PR, which is good for both sides.
      mawhalen53
      • 1 Year Ago
      Flew into LAX and rented with Hertz this past Friday. They had a white P85 on a ramp front and center as you came into the parking lot. The red SRT Viper they had on hand was tempting, but I had to settle for my Ford Escape :-(
      bK
      • 1 Year Ago
      Just saw a silver one today, real nice.
      Jeff Gilleran
      • 1 Year Ago
      Excellent for PR. There are plenty of people that would love to try one out. Buzz really helps make the sale for anyone on the fence. Agree with Dean.. People actually will get to drive one without just a small jaunt around the block. ;-)
        Dean Hammond
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Jeff Gilleran
        Bingo, you will also note some of the higher line domestics avail as well.....not the strippy Hyundais, versas and Corollas....Im quite sure the Manufacturers are wise to the marketing benefits....
      Smooth Motor
      • 1 Year Ago
      I can appreciate the technology this car has, however, you are in 911 price territory and I would pick the Porsche in a heartbeat.
        m_2012
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Smooth Motor
        No one is cross shopping those two. If anything, they would own both. Two seat car is a toy, the Model S wins all day if you need to seat more than two people and stuff. Plus no 911 is going to get 100MPG.
      Tina Dang
      • 1 Year Ago
      For many, a dream car it is. What a great car this Model S is.
      Dean Hammond
      • 1 Year Ago
      but I thought they were sold out and had waiting lists......?......regardless, and there will be people that will say this will cheapen the brand.....not if in small numbers...it may actually help as one could rent the car for a full week, much better than the around the block test drive....
        Simul Taneous
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Dean Hammond
        They can prioritize marketing car I'm the production line. Remember Tesla does not use much traditional advertising. Events, PR, etc. that put people behind the wheel are paramount then: they claim a 25% conversion rate on test drives to date. As for the brand, well hertz premium also rents Ferraris, Lambo, Porsche, etc. And this is only in key markets of SF and LA. I'd say its a great idea for both companies.
          Grendal
          • 1 Year Ago
          @Simul Taneous
          It's been good marketing for Hertz by hitting the national news.
          Dean Hammond
          • 1 Year Ago
          @Simul Taneous
          not to mention Elon constantly tooting his own horn.....theres their best marketing.....
        Val
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Dean Hammond
        how do you know when hertz placed their order? Also, according to tesla's own website, the P85 is the one that has 1 month waiting time, the 60kWh has 3 months waiting time.
        Dean Hammond
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Dean Hammond
        Val, how do YOU know...ahem, and arent \"fleet\" sales bad?......just sayin, because it regularly gets trumpted regarding every other make and model.....
          Nick Kordich
          • 1 Year Ago
          @Dean Hammond
          Hertz's press release from June announcing they'll be carrying the Model S and other high-end cars, for anyone with the bizarre notion that Hertz can't possibly have a business plan that reaches out as far as the one month lead time associated with a P85 Model S: http://hertz.mediaroom.com/2013-06-19-Hertz-Launches-Dream-Cars-In-The-U-S"
          Val
          • 1 Year Ago
          @Dean Hammond
          Also, at one point, the dodge avenger, chreysler sebring, ford focus and so on had something like 30% of sales going to fleets. At huge discounts. Where is the similarity with tesla offering a few cars to just to hertz locations, most likely at full retail price?
          Val
          • 1 Year Ago
          @Dean Hammond
          It's not good when GM and Ford sell vehicles to fleets with 20-30% discount, probably below manufacturing costs, just to move inventory and not have idle plants. Do you seriosusly think that tesla wouldgive such discounts, when it can barely meet demand in the US, and especially now that european deliveries are rolling out? When was it trumpeted that fleet sales are bad when hertz or sixt bought some porsche cayennes, bmw Z4s or some MB S-class?
      Spec
      • 1 Year Ago
      $400/day? Ouch! I think I could probably get a test drive for free.
        MistyGreen
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Spec
        I bet that most people who rent a Model S will be using a corporate credit card to pay for it. That makes it not too surprising.
        Dean Hammond
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Spec
        THATS PROBABLY NOTHING TO SOMEONE CONSIDERING BUYING THE CAR OUTRIGHT.....
          Grendal
          • 1 Year Ago
          @Dean Hammond
          I'm planning on buying the car and it's pretty expensive to me.
          EZEE
          • 1 Year Ago
          @Dean Hammond
          I KNOW I CANNOT BELIEVE YOU WOULD SUGGEST SUCH A THING! WHY ARE WE YELLING ANYWAY?
          Nick Kordich
          • 1 Year Ago
          @Dean Hammond
          @EZEE - I AM NOT YELLING. I HAVE VOICE IMMODULATION DISORDER AND I AM USING DICTATION SOFTWARE. I THINK YOU'RE ALL BEING VERY INSENSITIVE IN MOCKING MY CONDITION. -JACOB SILJ
      Jasonn
      • 1 Year Ago
      If I have to ask how much, does that mean I can't afford it?
        G Prodigy
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Jasonn
        i was at HERTZ in LA a month or so ago and there was a model S. They said i was about $400/day soo....i decided forget that and just went with the mustang.
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