Hertz offering Mitsubishi i-MiEV rentals in UK

Hertz Rent-a-Car has added two plug-in Mitsubishi i-MiEVs to its fleet of vehicles in London and intends to add more of the pocket-sized electric vehicles across the UK later this year. The battery-powered hatchbacks are offered as rental vehicles to Connect by Hertz members and will be supported by 16 Hertz-installed quick-charge stations located in and around London.

Managing director of Hertz in the UK, Neil Cunningham, said in a statement that expansion of the plug-in vehicle rental program is bound to happen soon, stating:
We'll also roll this out to other European cities. Where there's a demand for electric vehicles in Europe, we'll go to that city.
Cunningham said the Connect by Hertz plug-in vehicle scheme is designed to be as user-friendly as possible, stating.
We have a technical support network to make is easy for customers who have never driven an electric car before. Drivers can speak to our care-center directly from the hands-free phone kit if they need help with controls, or want to know where the nearest charging station is.
In addition, plug-in vehicle drivers will have access to 1,300 public-use chargers installed under the Source London program by the end of 2013 as part of Boris Johnson's (the Mayor of London) plan for the city to become the plug-in capital of Europe.

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Hertz and Mitsubishi Motors in the UK Partner to Bring Pure Electric i-MiEV to Car Share and Rental Customers in the UK

LONDON, April 15, 2011

LONDON, April 15, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- The Hertz Corporation (NYSE:HTZ) has signed an agreement with Mitsubishi Motors in the UK to add the pure-electric vehicle (EV) i-MiEV city car to the fleets of Hertz and car sharing club Connect by Hertz in the UK. The rollout starts today, with two Mitsubishi i-MiEVs now available for Connect by Hertz members to zip around London. Hertz plans to add further i-MiEVs to its fleets throughout the year across the UK, as well as offering vehicles for corporate and university pool fleets.

Customers will be able to charge their vehicles at Hertz charging stations located across the capital as well as at Heathrow and London City Airport. In addition, customers will have access to the Source London public charging points which are being rolled out across the city by 2013, as part of the Mayor's plans for London to become the electric vehicle capital of Europe.

Michel Taride, President, Hertz International, commented: "Our partnership with Mitsubishi Motors in the UK to provide i-MiEV cars to our Connect by Hertz members and Hertz customers in the UK is a vital part of our global Electric Vehicle and sustainability initiatives. We are excited that from today, our customers can experience the joy of 100% electric driving with the i-MiEV's, which offer surprising power and a smooth, quiet ride."

Managing Director of Mitsubishi Motors in the UK, Lance Bradley added: "We are delighted to partner with Hertz and to be able to offer the i-MiEV to their customers. The i-MiEV is a very important vehicle for us, making a statement to the global car industry - being the first mass-produced, zero emission full electric vehicle ever. It has a vastly reduced effect on our environment, yet demands absolutely no compromise in terms of safety, comfort, convenience or fun. It is a vehicle for the future, available right now - built for the modern city commuter, in a stylish, super-modern, high-tech and exciting package."

Engineered to be the perfect car for the urban environment, the Mitsubishi i-MiEV can park in tight spaces and breeze through traffic while comfortably accommodating four adults. It has a range of over 90 miles and can be charged up to 80% via a quick charging unit in as little as 30 minutes or fully charged overnight via a standard 3 pin domestic plug socket. In the UK, the Mitsubishi i-MiEV was the first mass-produced fully electric vehicle to market and has been involved in official government trials since mid-December 2009. The Mitsubishi i-MiEV is also the world's first ever pure-EV to have received the Euro NCAP 4-star Rating.

Hertz's electric vehicle initiative with Mitsubishi Motors in the UK further demonstrates the rental provider's commitment to providing customers with a variety of zero-emission mobility solutions. The partnership forms part of the European development of Hertz's Global Electric Vehicle Program, launched in December 2010, with the Mitsubishi pure-EV i-MiEV complementing both Hertz's existing Green Collection and the Connect by Hertz car sharing fleet.

During the next several months, Hertz Global EV will leverage the company's rental and car sharing locations as bases for vehicles and charging stations, and tap into its technology - including sophisticated fleet management tools and the consumer-facing NeverLost GPS system - to help form an EV grid.

As the world's largest general-use car-rental brand, 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 this strategy, Hertz is forming partnerships with manufacturers, charging station providers, municipalities, NGO's, corporations and other stakeholders.

All the cars in Hertz's Green Collection in Europe can be reserved by make and model, and offer a CO2 output level of less than 140g/km, making them more environmentally friendly than most other cars. The conventional cars in the Collection also achieve 45-65mpg, depending upon vehicle size, so they are more fuel-efficient too. Together, that means customers can enjoy their journey even more, safe in the knowledge that they are saving along the way.

Hertz has launched 16 charging stations with two plug points each at London City Airport, Heathrow Airport, Russell Square (London), Marble Arch (London), Old Kent Rd (London), and Uxbridge.

About Hertz

Hertz is the largest worldwide airport general use car rental brand operating from more than 8,500 locations in 146 countries worldwide. Hertz is the number one airport car rental brand in the U.S. and at 81 major airports in Europe, operating both corporate and licensee locations in cities and airports in North America, Europe, Latin America, Asia, Australia and New Zealand. The Company also operates the Advantage car rental brand at 26 airports in the U.S. and the global car sharing club, Connect by Hertz, in New York City, Berlin, London, Madrid, Melbourne, and Paris. In addition, Hertz operates one of the world's largest equipment rental businesses, Hertz Equipment Rental Corporation, offering a diverse line of rental equipment, including tools and supplies, and new and used equipment for sale from approximately 325 branches in the United States, Canada, China, France, Spain and Italy.

For more information please see http://www.hertz.com.

About Mitsubishi Motors Environmental Credentials

Mitsubishi Motors believes that pure-EVs powered by clean electricity are one way of replacing fossil-fuel burning cars to solve the transportation issues of the future are the first vehicle manufacturer to bring a pure- EV to the global market. Mitsubishi Motors has been developing electric vehicles since the early 1970s and selling them since the early 1990s. The i-MiEV has been developed solely by Mitsubishi Motors Corporation, and has been a sell-out success since going on sale in Japan in July 2010, with 5,000 left hand drive i-MiEVs exported to markets across Continental Europe throughout December 2010 including 250 right hand drive units for the UK.

Mitsubishi Motors believe that a sustainable society means protecting the environment by assessing the environmental impact of products at all stages in their lifecycle. In addition to help prevent global warming by reducing the emission of greenhouse gases Mitsubishi Motors are also making strives to restrict emissions of substances harmful to the environment during the manufacturing process and to reduce waste and maximizing efficient use of resources by promoting the conservation of resources and recycling.

Mitsubishi Motors is investing heavily in carbon reduction programmes at every stage of its operations, including design, production, tailpipe emissions and end of life recycling as a part of its Environment Initiative Programme. Mitsubishi Motors have a clear environmental roadmap in place for the near-future and environmental policies in place up until 2020. It is intended that electric and plug-in hybrid electric vehicles will account for at least 20% of total production by 2020.

For more information please see http://www.mitsubishipress.co.uk.

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