Hertz Partners with British Petroleum on EV Charging Stations

Photo: British Petroleum (bp)

Electric vehicles (EV) are becoming popular rental cars through Hertz following partnerships announced last year, and another joint goal will see the advancement of charging stations in the U.S.

Hertz announced a partnership with British Petroleum (bp) on a national network of EV charging stations, as detailed in a press release on Tuesday from the rental car company. The plans will oversee bp pulse installing charging stations at 25 Hertz locations this year.

The companies plan to expand upon bp pulse’s current “Omega” fleet of charging and energy management software, used for Hertz’s EV fleet.

“Hertz is accelerating the adoption of electrification by investing in the largest rental fleet of electric vehicles in North America and expanding the availability of charging stations,” said Hertz CEO Stephen Scherr. “We are excited to partner with bp pulse to create a national charging infrastructure for the Hertz EV fleet, thereby growing the number of charging options available to our customers and providing them with a premium electric experience and lower emission travel options.”

Hertz has purchased EVs from Tesla, Polestar and GM for a fleet of tens of thousands of EVs, available at 500 Hertz locations across 38 states.

Last year, bp acquired energy management company Amply Power, which is what the currently-branded bp pulse became.

“It’s brilliant to be joining forces with Hertz – quite simply, they are one of the biggest names on the road,” said bp CEO Bernard Looney “Working together to deliver charging facilities and design solutions, we believe we can take the EV driving experience to the next level for US customers. And this is just the start for bp pulse in the United States.”