Hertz proposes Oxford electric car-share scheme

Rental company also adds Vauxhall Ampera to London fleet

By Gavin Conway on May 17, 2012 5:22 PM

The Hertz Corporation has announced that it plans to launch an electric vehicle car-sharing scheme in Oxford, England. The idea is that customers will be able to rent, initially, a Nissan LEAF for as little as one hour – hourly rates start at £5 and include insurance, roadside assistance, maintenance and cleaning.

Like other car sharing programs, the ten LEAFs will be located in convenient public locations. In the case of Oxford, this will include university campuses, urban streets, station car parks and other strategic locations around the city. The cars will be charged by Chargemaster’s POLAR network, which has 32 chargepoints operating now in Oxford with 28 more in the pipeline.

The proposed scheme is part of the Hertz On Demand programme, which is free to join and entitles members to Hertz’s other car clubs in the US, Europe and China.

The idea is that you’ll make a reservation online and then receive an email confirmation as well as a text that tells you what your car’s reg number is and where it’s located. To unlock the car and get going, you simply swipe your membership card over the LEAF’s card reader and off you go.

As well as providing zero emission motoring (at the tailpipe) this scheme will give Oxford residents and visitors a unique opportunity to see what living with an EV is actually like.

A Hertz On Demand electric car-sharing scheme already operates in London. In addition to the Mitsubishi i-MiEV, Hertz recently announced that the Vauxhall Ampera extended range EV would join the fleet starting in June. Hertz has 16 Source London funded charging points across Greater London, including London Heathrow and London City Airport.