Hertz Italy Launches smart fortwo Electric Vehicle in Rome for Italo-NTV Train Customers
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Hertz Italy Launches smart fortwo Electric Vehicle in Rome for Italo-NTV Train Customers PR Newswire ROME, June 19, 2012 ROME, June 19, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Hertz and Italo-NTV partnership offers sustainable travel solution for Italy's capital city The Hertz Corporation (NYSE: HTZ), the world's largest general use car rental brand, has announced that through its partnership with Italo-NTV, the first European private high speed railway operator, Italo customers will be able to rent stylish smart fortwo electric drives from the Hertz locations at the Rome Tiburtina and Rome Ostiense train stations. These electric vehicles can be booked from just 8 euros per hour through the website http://www.hertzitalo.it using the special Italo discount code, and will be powered at charging units provided by Enel, Italy's largest electric utility. The program is an important step in the Manifesto di Roma Capitale (Rome Manifesto) to increase the number of electric vehicles and other sustainability initiatives in Italy's capital city. Electric vehicles in Rome have free of charge access to designated parking areas and no ZTL (city center zone) limits. Michel Taride, President of Hertz International and Executive Vice President, Hertz Corporation: "Hertz is committed to delivering smart mobility and sustainability solutions for business and leisure travellers.

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Hertz Italy Launches smart fortwo Electric
Vehicle in Rome for Italo-NTV Train Customers
PR Newswire
ROME, June 19, 2012
ROME
,
June 19, 2012
/PRNewswire/ --
Hertz and Italo-NTV partnership offers sustainable travel solution for Italy's
capital city
The Hertz Corporation (
NYSE: HTZ
), the world's largest general use car rental
brand, has announced that through its partnership with Italo-NTV, the first
European private high speed railway operator, Italo customers will be able to
rent stylish smart fortwo electric drives from the Hertz locations at the Rome
Tiburtina and Rome Ostiense train stations. These electric vehicles can be
booked from just
8 euros
per hour through the website http://www.hertzitalo.it
using the special Italo discount code, and will be powered at charging units
provided by Enel,
Italy's
largest electric utility. The program is an important
step in the Manifesto di Roma Capitale (Rome Manifesto) to increase the
number of electric vehicles and other sustainability initiatives in
Italy's
capital
city. Electric vehicles in
Rome
have free of charge access to designated parking
areas and no ZTL (city center zone) limits.
Michel Taride, President of Hertz International and Executive Vice President,
Hertz Corporation: "Hertz is committed to delivering smart mobility and
sustainability solutions for business and leisure travellers. We strongly believe
that offering the smart fortwo electric drive to Italo customers is crucial to
increase acceptance for this new form of transport in conjunction with train
travel."
"Through our close co-operation with Italo-NTV, the operator's customers can
easily go from the train to electric vehicle to get to their final destination. The
smart fortwo electric drive's offer a fun and perfect solution to move about in
the city - and will help support the Rome Manifesto for electric vehicles," added
Massimiliano Archiapatti, General Manager, Hertz Italy.
Giuseppe Sciarrone, General Manager, Italo-NTV, said: "Italo is an eco-friendly
train that offers a greener way to travel. The train offers less noise pollution
and energy consumption than other forms of transport and is 98% built from
recyclable materials - a testimony to our strong commitment to the
environment. Thanks to our partnership with Hertz, we are particularly glad to
be able to offer our passengers a sustainable and efficient solution to get
around in the city once they step off the train."
The smart fortwo electric drive offers no compromises in safety, agility,
comfort and space. The zero emissions two-seater is powered by a lithium-ion
battery developed by Tesla Motors Inc. A fully charged battery is sufficient for
up to 135 kilometers of driving fun. The discounted rental rates from just
8
euros
per hour for the smart fortwo electric drive are available to Italo
customers as part of the exclusive partnership agreement between Hertz and
Italo-NTV.
Hertz is the first car-rental company to deploy EVs and PHEVs (plug-in hybrid
electric) on three continents - in the U.S. (available to the public in
New York
,
Washington, D.C.
and
San Francisco
), the U.K. (
London
),
China
(
Shenzhen
), and
now in
Italy
. Hertz added the smart fortwo electric drive to its EV fleet in the US
in 2010, with the zero-emission car now available in
San Francisco
,
New York
and
Washington, DC
.
As the world's largest airport general-use car-rental brand, Hertz is introducing
multiple groups of consumers - urban drivers, university students, travelers and
corporations - to all-electric and plug-in hybrid vehicles. As a result, the
company is forming partnerships with automakers, charging-station providers
(e.g., Enel), municipalities, non-governmental organizations, corporations and
other stakeholders to make EVs easily accessible to consumers.
Hertz plans to increase its global EV presence by deploying vehicles in other
countries in the coming months. Hertz Global EV will continue to leverage the
company's rental and car sharing locations as bases for vehicles and charging
stations, and tap into its technology - including sophisticated fleet management
tools and consumer-facing GPS systems, including Hertz NeverLost in the U.S. -
to help form an EV grid.
About Hertz
Hertz is the world's largest general use car rental company, operating from
over 8,500 corporate locations in 150 countries worldwide. Hertz is in its 93rd
year of delivering quality car rental solutions to leisure and corporate
customers. Product and service innovations such as Hertz #1 Club Gold,
Worldwide Online Check-in, specially designed NeverLost® satellite navigation
systems, and unique cars offered through the company's Prestige, Family,
Fun/Adrenaline and Green Collections, set Hertz apart from the competition.
For more information please go to http://www.hertz.com.
About Italo-NTV
NTV is the first private operator on the Italian high speed rail network and the
first operator in the world to use the new Alstom AGV train. The mission of NTV
is to offer passenger services on high-speed lines, presenting innovative
features; comfortable, technologically advanced surroundings; and top quality
at competitive prices. NTV's Italo trains connect the cities of
Naples
-
Rome
-
Florence-Bologna-Milan and shortly the service will be extended to Salerno,
Turin
and
Venice
.
About smart
smart has been redefining individual urban mobility for more than thirteen
years. The two-seater smart fortwo electric drive combines responsibility to the
environment and high sustainability standards with joie de vivre and a high fun
factor. More than 1.3 million smart fortwos have been delivered to customers
since the first model was launched in 1998. 101,996 smart fortwos were
handed over to customers worldwide in 2011 - 4.6 percent more than in the
previous year. The smart fortwo electric drive is a further logical step in the
evolution of the smart brand, which boasts a fleet with the lowest fuel
consumption.
CONTACT (U.S.)
:
Paula Rivera
+1-201-307-2824
privera@hertz.com
CONTACT (International)
:
Zoë White
+44-1895-553-887
zoewhite@hertz.com