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Chevy Volt Twin, Ampera, Going into Hertz Fleet

Getting charged up by the Olympics

by on May.24, 2012

The Ampera previewed at the Geneva Motor Show.

General Motors hopes the Olympics will charge up its electric vehicle program.

While BMW is the official automobile of the quadrennial games, GM has teamed up with Hertz to give visitors coming into London for the games a chance to test out its new Vauxhall Ampera.  The European version of the Chevrolet Volt will be offered for rent in the coming weeks as part of the Hertz on Demand EV car sharing fleet.

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Ironically, both Hertz and GM will have to downplay the Olympic connection.  Organizers of the event have come down hard on any commercial effort to get a lift off the games, which are expected to bring millions to the British capital during their two-week run.  A restaurant named the Olympic, was forced to take down the “O” on its sign under strict new rules that limit who can use the name or the familiar, 5-ring logo.

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Coda Hoping Hertz Can Get Motorists To Plug Into Battery Power

EV start-up plans to offer daily rentals in Southern California.

by on Nov.22, 2010

Coda is the latest battery carmaker to team up with a rental car outlet in hopes of reaching potential buyers.

By mid-decade, according to some industry estimates, as many as three dozen battery cars could be available to American consumers.  But recent studies suggest that U.S. motorists remain reluctant to plug into the new technology, citing concerns like price and range anxiety.

So, to give potential customers a safe way to try out their battery offerings, several makers are teaming up with daily rental fleets, where a day’s drive might overcome such concerns.  The latest to announce a rental car program is the start-up battery car maker, Coda, which has to deal with the additional challenge of minimal name recognition.

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Starting next year, the maker says, it will offer some of its new battery sedans at Hertz rental car locations in Southern California, the region many expect to become the largest near-term market for battery-electric vehicles, or BEVs.

“With one of the world’s largest rental car fleets, Hertz is uniquely positioned to catalyze the adoption of all-electric vehicles and infrastructure supporting electric mobility, said Mark Jamieson, CFO & COO, CODA Automotive.

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