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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’s 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’s European fleets starting this spring before appearing in North American and Australian lots in “late 2022.”.
Hertz seeks to offer the largest fleet of electric rental cars
This latest purchase order is part of Hertz’s 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.
From Polestar’s 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’s computer system.
On second thought, maybe renting a Polestar from Hertz isn’t 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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