bp pulse and Hertz have just announced a strategic partnership to transform the future of EV adoption at MOVE America 2022. Vic Shao, CEO at bp pulse and Jeff Nieman, Senior Vice President of operations initiatives at Hertz, took to the keynote stage to announce that they will drive forward the future of mobility and accelerate EV consumer adoption. 

Both companies have major global footprints and big legacies in global transport. This partnership will drive forward electric vehicle charging and the electrification and decarbonisation of mobility in the U.S. 

The agreement involves the management of Hertz’s charging infrastructure by bp pulse and the customisation of its Omega software to ensure Hertz’s growing fleet of electric rental cars are recharged quickly and efficiently between rentals. Omega supports fleet operations by automating charging when the power price is low, while providing real-time visibility to EVs, chargers, power usage, and more. 

Hertz has a national footprint of locations across North America suitable for bp pulse to build and manage a network of fast-charging hubs to serve Hertz customers, including taxi and ride sharing drivers, as well as the general public. 

This is the next big partnership for Hertz, as only last week they announced they would be buying 175,000 vehicles from General Motors over the next five years to expand its rental fleet.  

Both said in their keynote at MOVE America, they have one goal: low-cost energy with high reliability. 

“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. 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.” said Stephen Scherr, Hertz CEO in a statement. 

Through large-scale purchases from Tesla, Polestar and GM, Hertz has assembled a fleet of tens of thousands of EVs, which are available at 500 Hertz locations across 38 states. Hertz’s objective is for one-quarter of its fleet to be electric by the end of 2024, with continued growth through acquisitions from various EV manufacturers. Hertz has invested in thousands of charging stations across its locations, and this partnership with bp pulse will enable Hertz to substantially expand its national charging footprint. 

“This is a landmark moment. It shows the power of bringing together bp’s digital and operational capabilities with a partner like Hertz. Together with its industry-leading electrification ambitions, we can change the future of electric rental cars.” said Vic Shao, founder of Amply Power and president of bp pulse’s fleet division in the United States. 

bp pulse is expanding its global network of high-speed charging for cars, light commercial vehicles, and trucks, with a global target of more than 100,000 chargers by 2030, with about 90% of those rapid or ultra-fast chargers. The company also is partnering with fleet operators to accelerate the electric transformation of their fleets.