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posted by mrpg on Wednesday January 31, @04:00AM   Printer-friendly
from the but-but-but-the-fancy-brochure-said dept.

CNN Reports:

Hertz, which has made a big push into electric vehicles in recent years, has decided it's time to cut back. The company will sell off a third of its electric fleet, totaling roughly 20,000 vehicles, and use the money they bring to purchase more gasoline powered vehicles.

Electric vehicles have been hurting Hertz's financials, executives have said, because, despite costing less to maintain, they have higher damage-repair costs and, also, higher depreciation.

"[C]ollision and damage repairs on an EV can often run about twice that associated with a comparable combustion engine vehicle," Hertz CEO Stephen Scherr said in a recent analyst call.

And EV price declines in the new car market have pushed down the resale value of Hertz's used EV rental cars.

[...] For rental car companies like Hertz, which sell lots of vehicles in the used car market, depreciation has a big impact on their business, and is a major factor when deciding which cars to have in their fleets.

SoylentNews previously reported when Hertz was expanding their EV fleet.

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  • (Score: 2) by JoeMerchant on Thursday February 08, @11:16PM (1 child)

    by JoeMerchant (3937) on Thursday February 08, @11:16PM (#1343669)

    You may be in the "driver will expire before the battery pack is likely to" category, which makes the EV much more attractive. If you were looking forward to 20+ more years of driving the analysis would look different.

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  • (Score: 2) by mcgrew on Saturday February 10, @09:12PM

    by mcgrew (701) <> on Saturday February 10, @09:12PM (#1343891) Homepage Journal

    I never looked forward to driving any car that long! Engine parts aren't all that wears out, after a decade no seat is anywhere near as comfortable as it was new. I usually buy them at about five years old and get rid of them in ten or so. When my back hurts after a hundred fifty miles it's time to trade the old junker in.