EVs are now mainstream vehicles, and the company is starting to see rising global demand and interest.
Car rental company Hertz is ordering 100,000 electric vehicles from Tesla, AP reports.
The company says it’s buying the Tesla Model 3 small cars by the end of 2022, and it also will set up its own electric vehicle charging network.
No price was given for the order, but it has to be worth around $4 billion because each Model 3 has a base price of around $40,000.
In an interview with The Associated Press, interim CEO Mark Fields wouldn’t say how much Hertz is spending but said it has the capital and a healthy balance sheet after emerging from bankruptcy protection in June.
He says Teslas are arriving at Hertz sites already and should be available for rental starting in November.
He wouldn’t say how much the company is spending on the deal or whether it got a bulk-buying discount from Tesla. But he said the Estero, Florida, company intends to lead as a mobility company with the largest electric vehicle rental fleet in North America.
Fields says EVs are now mainstream vehicles, and the company is starting to see rising global demand and interest.
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