Hertz has launched an ElectriCity initiative in Milan to provide Nissan Leaf electric vehicles for rent by the hour or the day.
The Nissan Leafs can be rented from Hertz Milano Centrale railway station location (Via Cappellini 10), and can be booked online at http://www.hertz.it/.
The electric vehicles have free access to Milan’s ZTL congestion zone (C area), with free parking in pay and display parking spaces marked by blue stripes.
The ElectriCity Milan launch follows the success of Hertz’s electric vehicle offerings in other major cities including Rome, Paris, London, New York City and Washington D.C.
Massimiliano Archiapatti, General Manager of Hertz Italy, added: “Thanks to our partnership with IKEA Family, our joint customers can rent the Nissan Leafs with a 20-percent discount and use them to easily shop at the Milan stores in San Giuliano, Carugate and Corsico. They can also re-charge the Nissan LEAF for free at IKEA’s electric vehicle charging stations.”
Hertz said the Leaf is a highly popular all-electric vehicle and features a 4 star Euro NCAP rating.
The Leafs have an 80-kw compact electric engine linked to 24-kwh lithium-ion laminated battery. can reduce the electric energy consumption, increasing the driving range per recharge. As the world’s largest airport general-use car-rental brand, Hertz wants to introduce multiple groups of consumers – urban drivers, university students, travelers and corporations – to all-electric and plug-in hybrid vehicles.
As a result, the company is forming partnerships with automakers, charging-station providers, municipalities, non-governmental organizations, corporations and other stakeholders with the goal to make EVs easily accessible to consumers.
Hertz also said it plans to increase its global EV presence by deploying vehicles in other countries in the coming months.
Hertz Global EV intends to continue to 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 consumer-facing GPS systems, including Hertz NeverLost in the U.S. – to help form an EV grid.