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SOURCE The Hertz Corporation
University car club provides staff and students access to Hertz low-emission and electric vehicles parked on campus and at student halls
LONDON, Oct. 21, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- The Hertz Corporation (NYSE: HTZ), the world's largest general use car rental brand, has signed a partnership with Oxford Brookes University enabling more than 3,000 staff and 18,500 students to rent low emission and electric cars from Hertz by the hour. Hertz 24/7 vehicles will be available for staff use during working hours, with availability for students and private requirements during evenings, weekends and holidays.
The Hertz 24/7 fleet for the University's car club includes low emission Ford Fiesta's, and an all-electric Mitsubishi IMiEV. The Oxford Brookes Car Club is part of the University's on-going commitment to reduce travel costs and its carbon footprint.
Michel Taride, Group President, Hertz International, said: "We are delighted to collaborate with Oxford Brookes University to provide the convenience and environmental benefits of Hertz 24/7 to staff and students alike. The technology-enhanced Hertz 24/7 pool fleet for the University's car club will help ease local congestion through shared vehicle use, while providing an alternative to driving a privately-owned car."
Henning Thiel, Sustainability Manager of Oxford Brookes University, said: "Hertz 24/7 will be an important addition to the University's suite of transport solutions which provides an excellent service to our staff and students. While increasing the quality of the student experience, the car club will also help the University in reducing our environmental impacts and will have a positive effect on our local community by alleviating traffic and parking conditions."
The Hertz 24/7 cars for the Oxford Brookes Car Club are located at University buildings and student halls. These include the main campus at Gipsy Lane Site, the Clive Booth Student Village, Headington Hill Site, Marston Road Site, Wheatley Campus, Harcourt Hill Campus, Warnerford Hall and Crescent Hall. Members of the Oxford scheme can also access a network of Hertz 24/7 vehicles located across the country.
Students and staff can easily book the vehicles online, by phone, or by using iPhone or Android apps and, as with all 24/7 vehicles, RFID technology allows keyless entry to any vehicle in the fleet. While on the road, members have 24/7 one-touch access to the Customer Care Centre through the in-car hands-free telecom technology.
All 24/7 bookings include insurance, cleaning, maintenance and VAT, with standard rates starting from £5.50 per hour. Oxford Brookes Car Club members will also be able to use the Hertz 24/7 service in the UK, US, France, Germany, Spain and Australia for hourly, daily or weekly rentals, with any time instant access.
Oxford Brookes is the latest educational institution for Hertz's 24/7 program in the UK, which also serves Imperial College London, Reading University and London's Brunel University. Hertz 24/7 also partners with over 50 universities in the United States.
Hertz 24/7 offers technology-enhanced vehicles in convenient locations across the UK, US, France, Germany, Spain and Australia. Providing round-the-clock access to vehicles for hire by the hour, day, week or month, Hertz currently has 35,000 vehicles (including cars, mini-vans, vans and SUVs) equipped for 24/7 rentals. As Hertz continues to roll out the technology through its global fleet, around 500,000 vehicles are expected to be in the network by 2016, which is expected to be ten times the size of the current car sharing industry combined.
Notes to editors:
The Hertz Corporation (www.hertz.com) operates its car rental business through the Hertz, Dollar and Thrifty brands from approximately 10,400 corporate, licensee and franchisee locations in North America, Europe, Latin America, Asia, Australia, Africa, the Middle East and New Zealand. Hertz is the largest worldwide airport general use car rental brand, operating from approximately 8,800 corporate and licensee locations in 150 countries. Hertz is the number one airport car rental brand in the U.S. and at 111 major airports in Europe. Dollar and Thrifty have approximately 1,580 corporate and franchisee locations in 80 countries.
Hertz is in its 95th year of delivering quality car rental solutions to leisure and corporate customers. Product and service innovations such as Hertz Gold Plus Rewards, Worldwide Online Check-in, specially designed NeverLost® satellite navigation systems, and unique cars offered through the company's Prestige, Family, Fun/Adrenaline and Green Collections, set Hertz apart from the competition.
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