New York partners with Hertz to create green jobs, provide workforce training, electrify vehicles

“Hertz Electrifies New York City” builds on Mayor Adams’ investments in Green Economy 

New York City Mayor Eric Adams on Sept.20, 2023 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 

“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.” 

“Decarbonizing transportation is essential to the health of our city and planet,” said Deputy Mayor for Operations Meera Joshi. “Today’s partnership with Hertz will help students learn about electric vehicles and become climate leaders. Together with New York City’s commitment to provide climate education at every grade level in our public schools, the future of climate jobs and leadership is bright.” 

“New York City is always leading the charge in modeling important transformation for our country, and the city’s investment in the green economy is no different,” said DOE Chancellor David C. Banks 

“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 

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