Hertz Rental Starts adds BYD E6 to its fleet
Published August 15, 2011
Hertz Rental has added the BYD E6 to its fleet marking the first time that the global car rental company has added a New Energy Vehicle (NEV) to its fleet of cars in China. The E6 will initially be available in the Shenzhen area, close to BYDs HQ, but is expected to role out across China at a later point.
Hertz has focused its rental NEV policy on Shenzhen owing to its favorable policies to NEVs which see substantial subsidies being awarded to buyers. The E6 hasnt officially entered the fleet as the cars are still in production at BYD. The cars will come fully charged from Hertz and consumers are not expected to fill up the tank before returning them to the rental store, when fully charge and operating under city driving conditions the E6 is expected to reach a maximum distance of 200km before running out of charge.
The addition of the E6 to the Hertz fleet is a wise move by both Hertz and BYD. BYD so far have only put the E6 into taxi fleets in Shenzhen where they can gain daily data on how the cars perform, but by putting the public behind the wheel theyll be able to gain invaluable data on useability and ergonomics, and Hertz will be able to show its green fingers and likely get the cars at a discount.