Earlier this week Hertz announced the purchase of 100,000 Tesla Model 3s. The purchase was their first move in a shift to electrify their rental fleet.
The company later announced it was also partnering with Uber to provide up to 50,000 of the Model 3s to drivers of the ride-hailing network.
That deal could expand even further to include 150,000 Model 3s over the next three years, Hertz said in a statement to Reuters this morning.
“Hertz will kick off the program by providing up to 50,000 vehicles by 2023 exclusively to Uber drivers. If successful, the program could expand to 150,000 Teslas during the next three years.”
Hertz did temper expectations somewhat, saying that figure could be impacted by factors outside of their control, “such as semiconductor chip shortages or other constraints.”
Hertz has already added some Model 3s to its reservation website, allowing customers to book them as early as next month. The company is also covering the cost of Supercharging for any rentals picked up before January 31, 2022.
The deal with Tesla and Uber has generated so much interest that Hertz says website visits have surged to more than 10,000 per day since the announcements. (via Bloomberg)