Fresh from a record order for 100,000 Teslas earlier this week, Hertz will supply up to 50,000 EVs to drivers for the ride-hailing giant by 2023, Uber Technologies Inc. said in a statement on its website Wednesday. Until now, Uber drivers have had to provide and maintain their own EVs.
The cars will initially be available through Hertz’s rental program in Los Angeles, San Francisco, San Diego and Washington, D.C., followed by a nationwide roll-out in subsequent weeks, Uber said, adding that it marks the largest expansion of EVs on a mobility platform in North America. A spokeswoman for Hertz in Germany wasn’t immediately able to comment.
Through the new deal with Carvana, one of the two biggest online car marketplaces, Hertz hopes to eliminate the discounting necessary when selling vehicles from its fleet through dealers and wholesalers. Consumers will be able to buy directly and pick up cars as soon as the following day. Carvana, home of the car vending machine, earns a commission.