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Hertz to trial wireless EV charging system

9 Feb 2012

US car rental giant Hertz is set to trial a wireless electric vehicle (EV) charging system developed by Virginia-based company Evatran.

Hertz will use the Plugless Power equipment at its corporate headquarters in the US and will provide feedback on daily usage routines, user interfaces and additional functionality requirements. Installation of the charging units will be completed later this month.

Mark Frissora, chairman and CEO of Hertz, said, ‘Hertz is committed to its global EV programme, introducing EV into our rental fleet on three continents – North America, Asia and Europe. We’re excited to participate in Plugless Power’s pilot programme so that we can be on the ground floor of this new technology; learning key findings about EV wireless charging. As we move forward our goal is to have a variety of charging options for EV customer use, aligned with the charging equipment installed by EV manufacturers.’

Yesterday Hertz revealed its Living Journey initiative, a programme designed to make the company more sustainable that includes increasing its offering of EV and hybrid vehicles as well as building renewable generation facilities.

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