Connect by Hertz, Hertz’s global car sharing club, has entered into a 6 month pilot with Xerox, a long term corporate car rental customer of Hertz. For the program, Connect by Hertz will place MINI Cooper Ds in Welwyn Garden City and Uxbridge for the benefit of its 1500 employees. Members of staff will have the opportunity to become members and book cars by the hour at any time of day from the www.connectbyhertz.com website.
The new car sharing project follows a recent event at Xerox where a range of sustainable initiatives were showcased to employees to mark Earth Day. At the event employees expressed strong support for an on-site car sharing service which spurred Xerox to run the car sharing pilot with Connect by Hertz.
Val South, GB Fleet Manager, Xerox Limited, commented: “Xerox has a very strong commitment to environmental protection and our employees are very eager to participate in any way they can. Based on their recommendations we are introducing the environmentally-friendly Connect by Hertz car share club to our West London campuses. We have enjoyed a strong relationship with Hertz over many years, and look forward to working together with them on this exciting car sharing project to supplement our flexible business travel portfolio. Based on the pilot’s success, we will consider expanding the Connect by Hertz fleet.”
“We applaud Xerox and its employees for their many environmental protection measures,” said Michel Taride, President, Hertz Europe. “Car sharing is a significant addition to these measures, and the MINI Cooper D has very low carbon emissions of just 104g/kms.”
Michel Taride added: “Car sharing is a great way for companies to manage business travel in an environmentally friendly, convenient and cost-effective manner. Many corporations can realize significant savings and benefits by adding a car sharing option to their business travel portfolio.”
The partnership with Xerox underscores a growing trend from businesses seeking innovative travel solutions which are both convenient and cost-effective. As the only leading global rent-a-car company to also offer a car club, Hertz is ideally positioned to offer companies tailored solutions which are designed to meet the demands of today’s businesses.
Businesses can reduce expenses and control costs by converting fixed fleet costs into variable costs by only paying for per trip usage. Shared cars can be used for professional purposes, including trips to nearby offices and off-site business meetings. Additionally, businesses can give employees a money-saving perk by offering Connect by Hertz cars at work, making cars available for personal usage.
Connect by Hertz is able to place cars on corporate sites and also offer corporate members the added benefit of classic rent a car services. Businesses, government entities with fleet operations, and even companies operating residential buildings, such as apartment blocks, can all benefit by offering employees and tenants car sharing services.
Connect by Hertz launched in London, New York and Paris in December 2008 to members of the public seeking an economical, convenient and socially-conscious alternative to car ownership. Connect by Hertz also serves businesses and organisations including Marriott International, Ohio State University and Pepperdine University in the USA.
Companies seeking further information on how Connect by Hertz can benefit businesses can contact members of the team on www.connectbyhertz.com.