Polestar 2: the electric car that Hertz is buying for its fleets and that you will soon be able to rent

The traction of the Polestar 2 2022 is distributed among all its wheels.

The traction of the Polestar 2 2022 is distributed among all its wheels.

Photo: Polestar Media / Courtesy

car rental company Hertz has reached an agreement with Polestar to buy up to 65,000 electric vehicles from the manufacturer Swedish car manufacturer for the next five years. Initial orders will consist exclusively of Polestar 2 as that鈥檚 the only complete BEV the company makes right now.

When will the Polestar cars arrive at the Hertz facilities?

But given the timeline of this purchase order, it would not be unreasonable to expect that future Plestar cars, such as the polestar 5also land on the Hertz lots. The cars will apparently start appearing in Hertz鈥檚 European fleets starting this spring before appearing in North American and Australian lots in 鈥渓ate 2022.鈥.

Polestar 2. / Photo: Courtesy Polestar.
Polestar 2. / Photo: Courtesy Polestar.

Hertz seeks to offer the largest fleet of electric rental cars

This latest purchase order is part of Hertz鈥檚 goal to offer the largest electric vehicle rental fleet in North America and one of the largest electric vehicle fleets in the world, a goal the company announced when it committed to buy up to 100,000 Teslas, reportedly spending $4.2 billion. In addition to renting the Polestar cars to commuters and people who just need a car for a few days, Hertz says it will also make them available to rideshare drivers.

Polestar believes that it is a good marketing strategy

Those who follow auto news will likely be all too familiar with Polestar, but in the grand scheme of things, the company is still a lesser-known automaker.

The Polestar 2's wheels are mounted on 19-inch wheels.
The Polestar 2鈥檚 wheels are mounted on 19-inch wheels. / Photo: Always Auto, Impremedia

From Polestar鈥檚 point of view, placing its products in a rental fleet, where potential buyers can drive and experience the cars on their own terms and during an extended period without a salesperson covering their necks, it should in theory be a decent way to get the talk and demystify the EV experience to the uninitiated.

Hertz has accused some customers of theft

All that said, the real need to rent a car from Hertz remains on the table due to the abnormally high number of customers alleging they were falsely accused of stealing rental cars, racking up theft charges, and sometimes , even being thrown in jail. The fiasco has been going on for years and, according to an attorney who represented several falsely accused tenants who ended up receiving tens of thousands in civil settlements, it all has to do with a flaw in Hertz鈥檚 computer system.

Polestar 2 2021
The 2021 Polestar 2 traction is distributed among all its wheels. / Photo: Courtesy of Polestar Media.

On second thought, maybe renting a Polestar from Hertz isn鈥檛 such a bad idea after all. You will drive a beautiful Swedish electric vehicle and enjoy arriving at your destination with the latest technology. Just make sure you have a decent lawyer on speed dial.


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