buying Hertz Buying 100,000 Teslas in $4.2 Billion Deal, Making EVs 20 Percent of Its Fleet
Tesla Full Self-Driving Beta 10 could roll out as early as next week
Tesla CEO Elon Musk tweets that Beta 10 of the company's driver-assistance software might only be a week away.The ambitiously named Tesla Full Self-Driving technology is not currently capable of actual full self-driving. Recently, at its AI Day event, Tesla demonstrated its progress towards full autonomy and gave us a peek behind the scenes at how it's working to speed up autonomous driving development. During the event, Musk was bullish that his tech would eventually be better than the average driver.
- Rental giant Hertz this morning that it is ordering 100,000 Tesla Model 3 EVs, giving it "the largest EV rental fleet in North America" and making EVs 20 percent of the Hertz fleet.
- Hertz promised that customers will start to find cars at some locations in the U.S. and Europe starting in early November. The full 100,000-car order is expected to be fulfilled by the end of 2022.
- Hertz said it will also install "thousands" of charging stations in its locations, which will supplement Tesla's already expansive Supercharger network, and will set up an expedited app-based booking process for the EVs.
In a major move both for Tesla and the rental-car market, Hertz has announced it has ordered 100,000 Teslas. The rental-car company's $4.2 billion order represents the largest single EV purchase to date, as Bloombergthis morning. cars will start appearing in Hertz airport and other rental locations next month, and the cars will continue to roll out across U.S. and Europe locations through the end of 2022.
Volvo ditches leather in its EVs for 'Nordico' and wool blends
Volvo ditches leather in its EVs for 'Nordico' and wool blendsThe move away from leather was touched on when Volvo revealed its new C40 electric crossover, but now Volvo is telling us exactly what it’s replacing the cowhides with. The main replacement is something Volvo calls “Nordico.” It’s a material designed and created by Volvo, and the company hopes it becomes the “new standard for premium interior design.
Hertz also announced today that customers who rent a Model 3 before February 1, 2022, who use the Tesla charging network will get free charging privileges. The announcement did not specify whether all 100,000 cars will be Model 3s but did not mention other Tesla models.
A big part of this deal, of course, is that Hertz customers will get to use Tesla's expansive Supercharger network, and Hertz also said it will install "thousands" of chargers across the U.S. and Europe. The Hertz plan is to set up Level 2 and DC fast-charging stations in 65 cities by the end of 2022 and more than 100 by the end of 2023, although the rental company alluded to "semiconductor chip shortages or other constraints" as one reason that ambition could be delayed.
NADA to Get Car Dealers Educated So They Can Help Shoppers Buy EVs
The National Auto Dealers Association has selected Chargeway to help its dealer members get comfortable explaining charging, range, and other aspects of EV ownership.Today, the National Auto Dealers Association (NADA) announced it has chosen Chargeway to help its member dealerships explain EV charging, showing how shoppers can travel in electric vehicles by using charging stations along their routes. NADA and Chargeway previewed the news exclusively for Car and Driver.
Hertz is also promising faster booking through an EV-specific function on the Hertz app.
The rental-car company first offered EVs in 2011 and startedat airports in California in 2013, but as recently as 2017 Hertz and Enterprise both that they were cutting their EV fleets because of low demand. One obvious difference between 2017 and today is that the growth of Tesla's Supercharger network makes an EV rental a much more practical proposition.
Car Bibles Is Testing EVs in Ohio, Where Charging Leaves a Lot to Be Desired .
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