Under the terms of their Memorandum of Understanding (MoU), Hertz will develop a program to produce Nissan LEAF at select rental sites in these two markets.
The zero-emission car, Nissan LEAF, is designed specifically for a lithium-ion battery-powered chassis. The medium-size hatchback seats five adults and has a range of about 100 miles (160km) as tested by LA4 test cycle. The car will go on sale in Japan, US and Europe in late 2010.
The Renault-Nissan alliance will start marketing electric vehicles globally in 2012. To lay the foundations for expansion, the alliance has already formed partnerships with around 40 governments, cities and other organizations in Japan, US and Europe, to advance deployment of EVs globally.
This includes developing a charging infrastructure through public and private investment, incentives and subsidies from local, regional and national governments and public education on individual and societal benefits of zero-emission mobility.
Mark Frissora, chairman and CEO of Hertz, said: "The partnership with Nissan seals Hertz's commitment to green-car rentals and firmly demonstrates our mission to advancing zero-emission mobility on a global scale. With unique solutions like the Hertz Green Collection already available to our customers, we believe in continuously providing innovative mobility solutions to sustain the growing demand for eco-travel."
Hertz and Nissan also plan to expand Nissan LEAF electric vehicles into Hertz's global car share service, 'Connect by Hertz'.