Swedish electric car manufacturer Polestar has begun delivering new Polestar 2 electric cars to Hertz as part of the agreement announced in April 2022, under which Polestar will supply the car rental company with 65,000 cars over the next five years.
The partnership between Polestar and Hertz is one of the largest single orders for electric cars ever made, according to a statement.
Polestar’s long-term plan is to increase annual sales to approximately 290,000 cars by the end of 2025. So far, Polestar has taken about 32,000 customer orders for Polestar 2 since the start of 2022, representing an increase of 290% versus the same period in 2021.
“Our partnership with Hertz is an exciting milestone that provides the opportunity for a significant number of potential new customers to experience an EV for the first time, and it will be in a Polestar,” said Thomas Ingenlath, CEO of Polestar in the statement. “With over 55,000 Polestar cars already on the road across our 25 live markets there is no doubt that our brand is growing at an incredible pace.”
Hertz is initially receiving Polestar 2, which is featured in the current Hertz “Let’s go” marketing campaign, further reinforcing the partnership between the two companies.
"We’re excited to add this first delivery of Polestars to our fleet, expanding the opportunities for Hertz customers to enjoy the experience of driving an electric vehicle," added Darren Arrington, executive vice president, revenue management and fleet acquisition for Hertz.
The Hertz agreement includes forthcoming Polestar models such as the Polestar 3 electric SUV which has its world premiere in October 2022.
In addition, Hertz is adding the Polestar 1 plug-in electric hybrid to its fleet to allow customers to experience the manufacturer's carbon fibre sports GT.