Shares of Hertz jumped Tuesday on news the second-largest U.S. rental car company is teaming up with oil and natural producer BP to "substantially expand" its electric vehicle charging infrastructure in North America.
The companies signed a memorandum of understanding for an undisclosed number of EV charging stations that will be managed by the oil giant's Omega software. The fast-charging hubs will be available to Hertz customers, including taxi and ride-sharing drivers, as well as the general public.
Hertz, which has set a goal to electrify one quarter of its rental fleet by the end of 2024, currently offers thousands of EVs at 500 locations across 38 states.
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The deal with BP comes a week after Hertz agreed to buy up to 175,000 electric vehicles from General Motors through 2027 to expand its fleet. Additionally, Hertz ordered 100,000 Teslas last year and 65,000 Polestar vehicles in April.
BP Pulse was established following the acquisition of fleet charging an energy management company Amply Power in 2021. The unit has already partnered with Hertz to install charging stations at 25 of its rental locations in 2022.
BP plans to expand 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 being rapid or ultra-fast chargers.