Hertz launches electric bike hire scheme in London
The rental firm has added the Fast4ward Edge and A2B Hybrid 24 models to the range, which offer speeds of 15.5mph. The Fast4ward Edge is a folding bike which offers the choice of using throttle and cruise power or to pedal, while the A2B Hybrid 24 has a sensor that detects the amount of pedalling and applies power in tune with that pace.
The Fast4ward Edge will assist up to 25 miles and the A2B 24 electric battery will assist for up to 40 miles, depending on the rider's weight and luggage. Bikes are supplied fully charged and a charger will be supplied with all rentals. If the bike needs to be recharged it can simply be plugged into any mains socket.
A total of 12 bikes are available for daily rental from Hertz's Marble Arch location, for £20 per day. With every electric bike hire, customers will receive full training, a lock, optional helmet and a copy of the AA Leisure Guide to London with suggested bike rides around the capital.
Michel Taride, president of Hertz International, commented: 'The Ultra Motor bikes are a fast, green and economical mode of transport. Always committed to providing our customers with a range of mobility solutions, we are pleased to offer electric bikes for an easy and fun way to explore the capital.'
The introduction of electric bikes complements Hertz's broader Global EV eco-mobility programme to introduce electric and plug-in hybrid vehicles and a charging station grid for ease of use. The car rental giant recently announced that it is introducing the Mitsubishi i-MiEV to its UK rental fleet as well as its car sharing club, Connect by Hertz.