London may soon be home to more electric vehicles than any other city in Europe, with more charging stations than petrol stations, according to the latest reports. Hertz, the world’s largest rental car agency, has announced it is expanding its London fleet of electric cars through Connect by Hertz.
To start with, PwC will be offering two Mitsubishi i-MiEV’s to its employees, to be operated with Connect by Hertz technology and charged at stations on site at PwC offices as well as at the Hertz and Source London sites already in operation. PwC said they are working to incorporate new technology in the interest of lowering the company’s overall transport emissions.
There will be sixteen charging stations in the central and Greater London area provided by Hertz, and customers will also have access to the Source London network. Hertz also plans to add electrical vehicles to additional fleets around the U.K. Hertz CEO Mark Frissora said that the introduction of these low-noise low-pollution vehicles for hourly rental has gone over very well in the U.S. and their use is ideally suited to metropolitan London.
In addition to Mitsubishi’s EV, the Nissan Leaf will soon be available to Connect by Hertz members in London, and Renault’s new line of EV’s will be available by 2012. The all-electric cars can travel up to 90 miles on a full charge, and regain 80% of their power on a 30-minute recharge.