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Tuesday, September 26, 2023

Mayor Adams, Hertz Announce Partnership to Create Green Jobs, Provide Workforce Training, Electrify Vehicles

“Hertz Electrifies New York City” Builds on Mayor Adams’ Investments in Green Economy, Bold Efforts to Address Climate Change

NEW YORK – New York City Mayor Eric Adams on Wednesday, September 20, celebrated Climate Week by launching “Hertz Electrifies New York City” — a partnership with car rental company Hertz that will help advance the city’s vehicle electrification efforts and create good-paying jobs in the green economy of the future. Through the partnership, Hertz intends to create 100 new jobs to serve its growing New York presence, donate five electric vehicles (EV) to automotive technical schools run by the New York City Department of Education (DOE), and add up to 1,700 electric vehicles to its New York City fleet for leisure and business customers. The company will also partner with four public high schools to provide EV education and training opportunities for students.

“Hertz Electrifies New York City” builds on Mayor Adams’ nation-leading efforts to make vehicles in the city more sustainable. The administration is rapidly transitioning the city fleet to electric vehicles and building the necessary infrastructure to support that transition, while setting a new national standard by requiring rideshare vehicle companies to be completely zero-emission or wheelchair-accessible by 2030 and pursuing a broader agenda to promote driving electric across the city.

“New York City is in the driver’s seat as we accelerate towards our clean, green, electric future, and public-private partnerships, like what we’re announcing today with Hertz, will help us get there because to successfully transition New York City to electric vehicles and properly fight climate change, everyone must come along for the ride — from the public to the private sector,” said Mayor Adams. “As we celebrate Climate Week, we’re proud to announce our partnership with Hertz that will help support job training and job opportunities for our students, create 100 jobs, and add more than 1,700 electric vehicles to our rental fleet. This investment will also make more EVs available to New Yorkers, while preparing our youth for the emerging green economy of the future and helping us fight climate change from behind the wheel.”

“‘Hertz Electrifies’ is good for New York City and an especially important announcement during Climate Week,” said Deputy Mayor for Housing, Economic, and Workforce Development Maria Torres-Springer. “This public-private partnership is another example of the mayor’s leadership to bring the right people together to solve problems and, working together, we will grow the green economy, create and fill the jobs of the future with New Yorkers, and meet the urgency of climate change.”

“This important partnership with Hertz will help us reach our PlaNYC: Getting Sustainability Done goals of ensuring that every New Yorker is no more than 2.5 miles from an EV fast-charging hub, requiring rideshare vehicles to be zero-emission by 2030, and positioning New Yorkers for fulfilling green economy careers,” said Mayor’s Office of Climate & Environmental Justice Acting Executive Director Victoria Cerullo. “By sharing data from its fleet, Hertz is also helping the city plan for expanded EV charging infrastructure. Public-private partnerships like this one are critical in our actions to reduce emissions, create cleaner air and better health for all New Yorkers, and create job pathways for young New Yorkers seeking green careers.” 

As part of “Hertz Electrifies New York City,” Hertz is partnering with and donating electric vehicles to A-Tech High School in Brooklyn, Thomas Edison Career and Technical Education High School in Queens, Alfred E. Smith Career and Technical Education High School in the Bronx, and Ralph R. McKee Career and Technical Education High School in Staten Island. Hertz will provide electric vehicle operations training and materials for instructors, host students to observe job and career pathways at local Hertz locations, and more.

Additionally, Hertz will share telematic insights from its fleet of connected cars through the “Hertz Charging Opportunity Index.” This information will assist the city in planning for additional public charging infrastructure across all neighborhoods. New York is the fifth and largest city to partner with Hertz through “Hertz Electrifies” to accelerate consumer adoption of electric vehicles and bring environmental and economic benefits to cities and communities across the country.

New York City is committed to cutting transportation emissions in half by 2030 and achieving net-zero transportation emissions by 2050. This requires helping more New Yorkers walk, bike, and take public transit, and, when they need to drive, encouraging them to drive electric — a key component of Mayor Adams’ “PlaNYC: Getting Sustainability Done.” The plan commits to ensuring no New Yorker is more than 2.5 miles from an electric vehicle fast-charging hub, requires parking garages and lots to make charging available to their customers, and requires all rideshare vehicles to be either zero-emission or wheelchair accessible by 2030. The city is also supporting the electrification of freight vehicles, working to pilot the East Coast’s first low-emissions zone, and creating shared charging depots for electric trucks. The city is leading by example with its own fleet, having already replaced nearly 4,500 fossil-fuel powered vehicles with electric vehicles and operating its own 1,700-port electric vehicle charging network.


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