Uber Drivers in Toronto, Montreal, Vancouver Can Now Rent Tesla Cars
As reported by the folks over at Tesla North, Uber’s partnership with Hertz will now allow drivers in Toronto, Montreal, and Vancouver to rent Tesla vehicles on a weekly basis. Over 15,000 drivers have already participated in the Hertz-Tesla program in North America.
According to Hertz’s plan to get 50,000 Tesla cars for Uber to rent by 2023, the first Tesla fleet will become available to the ride-sharing company this summer. “Our partnership with Hertz reflects the largest expansion of electric vehicles (EVs) on a mobility platform in North America,” said Uber.
Uber says 95% of drivers renting a Tesla from Hertz was their first EV driven on the ride-sharing platform. A survey showed that 92% of drivers that rented a Tesla are considering purchasing an electric vehicle.
A survey of Canadian Uber drivers found that 71% are interested in switching to an EV.
“Hertz is leading the way in electrification, shared mobility, and a digital-first customer experience by offering the largest electric vehicle rental fleet in North America,” said Hertz SVP Jeff Nieman. Last fall, Hertz agreed to purchase 100,000 Tesla Model 3 vehicles at full price.
Driver access to electric vehicles is an important part of Uber’s electrification goals,” said Michael van Hemmen, General Manager of Uber Canada Mobility, in a statement. “Even with high gas prices, switching to an EV is a big decision. This partnership gives drivers an opportunity to try an electric vehicle as their primary rideshare vehicle and understand the benefits and cost savings of going electric.”
At launch, drivers will need a minimum 4.85 star rating and have completed at least 150 trips to be eligible for a Hertz Tesla rental.