“Hertz Electrifies New York City” Builds on Mayor Adams’ Investments in Green Economy, Bold Efforts to Address Climate Change
New York, NY
New York City Mayor Eric Adams on Wednesday 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 is investing in the largest EV rental fleet in North America,” said Stephen Scherr, chair and CEO, Hertz. “New York City has always been on the cutting edge of technology and innovation, making it a natural accelerator for the most significant transformation that’s happened in the auto industry in a century. We are excited to partner with Mayor Adams to launch ‘Hertz Electrifies’ during Climate Week, helping to make the electric driving experience more accessible in New York City while investing in the city’s workforce.”
“We are excited to announce this dynamic partnership with ‘Hertz Electrifies,’” said First Deputy Mayor Sheena Wright. “Creating a better and more eco-friendly environment requires more than a singular change. Through this partnership, not only are we building a cleaner city by introducing more electric vehicles to New York City, but we are also preparing for the future by training the next generation of a green economy workforce.”
“‘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.”
“Mayor Adams is setting the standard for a green transformation in New York City that other cities should strive to reach,” said New York City Chief Climate Officer and New York City Department of Environmental Protection Commissioner Rohit T. Aggarwala. “Climate Week is a time to prove the city’s commitment to a clean future, and our partnership with Hertz will help accelerate New York City’s migration to electric vehicles — an important step in the urgent work of reducing carbon emissions.”
“DYCD is uniquely positioned to ensure no young person is left behind when it comes to the green economy,” said New York City Department of Youth and Community Development (DYCD) Commissioner Keith Howard. “I applaud the mayor and Hertz on this outstanding win-win partnership that will teach our youngest New Yorkers valuable skills to make our city greener and more sustainable.”
“Electrifying our city’s fleet and ensuring that we build a green workforce of the future is among the most important work we are doing at DCAS, and it is only strengthened when the private sector seeks to collaborate and do the same,” said New York City Department of Citywide Administrative Services Commissioner Dawn M. Pinnock. “With this partnership, Hertz and Mayor Adams are making a long-term investment in clean energy and our young people which is a win for all New Yorkers.”