Electric dreams: Hertz to buy up to 65,000 Polestar EVs

Polestar 2 ‘Arctic Circle’ special version in snowy setting (Hertz)
Polestar 2 ‘Arctic Circle’ special version

Car hire giant Hertz and Swedish premium electric performance car maker Polestar have announced a new global partnership that will see Hertz buy up to 65,000 Polestar EVs over five years.

Availability is expected to begin in Spring 2022 in Europe and late 2022 in North America and Australia. Hertz is currently in negotiations with Polestar to finalise orders for Australia, however, there will be a significant number of Polestar 2s joining the fleet later in the year.

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For Hertz, the partnership is part of the company’s ongoing commitment to lead in electrification, shared mobility and a digital-first customer experience. The partnership with Polestar builds on Hertz’s announcement last October to offer its customers one of the largest EV rental fleets in the world. In addition to making the fleet available to its business and leisure customers, Hertz is extending EVs to rideshare drivers as a way to further accelerate electrification.

“The partnership with Polestar is an exciting opportunity to introduce premium EV products into our retail and rideshare fleets,” Hertz vice president APAC Eoin Macneill said.

“The partnership with Polestar continues to build on our commitment to becoming an environmentally-forward company through the integration and expansion of our modern mobility ecosystem. By aligning with industry leaders, such as Polestar, Hertz will help drive the adoption of electrification by offering a premium EV product, exceptional experience, and lower carbon footprint to all users.”

Polestar is one of the drivers of global EV growth, helping to accelerate the shift to sustainable mobility as consumer interest in the environmental and convenience benefits of electrification increases. Polestar reported that it nearly tripled volumes in 2021 and anticipates more than doubling volumes again this year. Polestar expects volumes to reach 290,000 vehicles per year by the end of 2025. 

“Polestar is committed to accelerating the move to electric mobility with a fascinating and innovative product portfolio,” Polestar CEO Thomas Ingenlath said.

“We are delighted that Hertz has chosen Polestar as a strategic partner on their road to electrification. The partnership with a global pioneer like Hertz will bring the amazing experience of driving an electric car to a wider audience, satisfying a broad variety of our mutual customers’ short- and longer-term mobility requirements. For many of them it may be the first time they have driven an EV, and it will be a Polestar.”

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Hertz will initially order Polestar 2, an award-winning EV which established Polestar’s position as a premium EV manufacturer with its first volume model. Polestar 2 brings avant-garde Scandinavian design and leading in-car technology. Polestar 2 includes the world’s first infotainment system powered by Android Automotive OS with Google built-in for the premium EV segment, in a driver-oriented, dynamic driving package.

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