Hertz is offering Tesla cars for rent in 2 California airports

Article by Anita Panait, on September 27, 2013

Hertz Global Holdings Inc. has added a number of Tesla Motors Inc. electric cars to its rental fleet at Los Angeles and San Francisco airports. According to Hertz, it now has five Tesla Model S and Roadster EVs at the two California airports. Paula Rivera, a Hertz spokeswoman, told Bloomberg in an e-mail that the Teslas are available to rent starting at around $500 a day.

Hertz already boasts of a number of upscale models in its fleets under its Dream Cars program. Aside from the Tesla Model S and Roadster EVs, those interested could also rent higher-priced vehicles like Ferrari and Lamborghini models.

In July 2013, Hertz gained final regulatory approval for its $2.3 billion acquisition of Dollar Thrifty Automotive Group Inc. The marriage between Hertz and Dollar Thrifty is expected to boost competition against rental companies Enterprise Holdings Inc. and Avis Budget Group Inc.

Enterprise has three Tesla Model S cars in its Exotic Car Collection fleet since June and is planning to include two more by the end of 2013, spokesman Greg Phillips told Bloomberg in an e-mail. The cars could be rented for around $300 to $500 per day.

Tesla Model S, the first completely electric sedan, is a revolutionary creation in automotive engineering. Fusing execution, safety, and proficiency, it has elevated the world's expectations for the vehicle of the 21st century with the highest conceivable safety ratings, the longest range of any electric car, and over-the-air software updates that constantly improve it.

Tesla Architecture

Created on the Tesla stage, the battery's location on the floor allows Tesla Model S an exceptionally low center of gravity, significantly diminishing the danger of rollover while in the meantime upgrading handling and execution. Without an engine, Tesla Model S has a crumple zone significantly bigger than other performance sedans to absorb the force of a front end impact.

Safety

Tesla Model S is one of the most secure cars on the road. Much of its wellbeing is attested to the remarkable electric drivetrain that sits underneath the car. Model S has a low center of gravity, reducing rollover hazard. Model S's safety record is attested by its NHTSA and Euro NCAP 5-star safety rating alongside setting a record of the lowest probability of injury to occupants when tried in the United States.

With standard dynamic safety features including automatic emergency braking, collision warning, blind side detection, lane departure warning, and optional comfort features like traffic-aware cruise control, autosteer, autopark, and summon, Tesla Model S is indubitably the most secure vehicle on the road.

Electric All Wheel Drive

With two motors, one in the front and one in the rear, Tesla Model S digitally and autonomously controls torque to the front and rear wheels. The product is unmatched traction control in all conditions. Unlike standard all-wheel drive cars that give up fuel effectiveness for a significant gain of traction, Tesla's Electric All Wheel Drive system increases productivity.

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