Tesla and Uber partner with car rental company Hertz to get more electric cars on San Diego roads

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San Diego is one of four cities to launch Tesla’s new business with Hertz on Monday, and Hertz plans to order 100,000 electric cars by the end of next year.

SAN DIEGO – Starting next week, your next Uber ride could leave a lower carbon footprint.

The rideshare company has teamed up with Tesla and car rental company Hertz to get more EVs on San Diego roads.

San Diego is one of four cities to launch Tesla’s new business with Hertz on Monday, and Hertz plans to order 100,000 electric cars by the end of next year.

Uber says its partnership with Tesla will be good business for drivers and the environment. It should reduce gasoline costs for drivers and also offer a rental option for those who do not have their own car.

Tufan, an Uber driver, said he started driving for Uber in San Diego last year.

“I moved here from the east coast about a year ago and when I arrived I didn’t have a car so I had no choice but to rent a car from Hertz,” he said. he declared.

The program is also rolled out in San Francisco, Los Angeles and DC For Uber drivers who rent with Hertz, there is no long-term commitment and the lease will include basic maintenance and unlimited mileage. Rentals will start at $ 334 per week including insurance, and will consist primarily of Tesla’s Model 3 sedan.

“Maybe I should give it a try because the gas prices are really high. If it saves me money on gas, if it will be for my own benefit, why not? I will try,” he said. Tufan. .

Uber says drivers will have access to more than 800 EVgo fast-charging stations and can earn up to an additional $ 4,000 per year for driving an electric car as part of the Green Future program.

Bee Mittermiller is volunteering with the San Diego 350 and said 40% of greenhouse gas emissions come from the transportation sector.

“Yes. In the short term, electric cars are good because they replace internal combustion engines, but they are not the complete answer to solving the climate crisis,” Mittermiller said.

Mittermiller also said that ultimately getting people out of cars and taking public transport will have the biggest impact on reducing emissions.

Uber has announced its intention to be a zero-emission auto company by 2040 and its partnership with Hertz is just another step towards achieving that goal.

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