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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 mcgrew on Saturday February 10, @09:08PM (5 children)

    by mcgrew (701) <> on Saturday February 10, @09:08PM (#1343890) Homepage Journal

    Yes, that's my point; there are no chargers between here and there anywhere near the interstate. I visit my friend and drive home, and plug it in. If there was a charger halfway there or almost there an 80% charge would do fine. What's annoying is the amount of money that flies past business people's noses and they don't grab it. There's money to be made and it's being ignored.

    You show your ignorance about EVs with your comment about the fact that you don't know where the charger is.


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  • (Score: 2) by Whoever on Monday February 12, @07:50PM (4 children)

    by Whoever (4524) on Monday February 12, @07:50PM (#1344132) Journal

    You are still ignoring the one in Litchfield, close to the Interstate. There is one in Troy, close to the Interstate. How about Collinsville?

    According to one website for EV route planning, in my car, I could charge to 90%, do a round trip and arrive back with 9%. This isn't going to meaningfully impact the battery.

    You keeps saying it's not possible, but you are ignoring the facts that I show which say that it is.

    Perhaps it's not possible for YOUR EV to do the journey without charging to 100%, but it is possible for many EVs.

    • (Score: 2) by mcgrew on Wednesday February 14, @03:00PM (3 children)

      by mcgrew (701) <> on Wednesday February 14, @03:00PM (#1344411) Homepage Journal

      The facts as you know them differ from the facts as I know them. Where in Litchfield and how close to the interstate? There's a group of eateries and gas stations about a mile off of the interstate, where are the signs reporting the charging station? I see all sorts of gas station signs. If it's there, it's well-hidden.

      • (Score: 2) by Whoever on Wednesday February 14, @03:25PM (2 children)

        by Whoever (4524) on Wednesday February 14, @03:25PM (#1344413) Journal

        I don't believe that you actually own an EV, since you would know how to find chargers if you did.

        • (Score: 2) by mcgrew on Sunday February 18, @06:34PM (1 child)

          by mcgrew (701) <> on Sunday February 18, @06:34PM (#1345060) Homepage Journal

          Here's [] a picture of me, my daughters, and my car. The two times it tried to find a charger, the first time it found a charger that required a smartphone, but my carrier had no coverage there. I wound up being towed, I probably could have made it home from where I was when it warned I was low but it was the first trip I'd taken it on and trusted it. The unusable charger was thirty miles off of the interstate.

          The second time I drove 20 miles out of my way, searching for the charger for 20 minutes on foot and discovering that its only marking was "out of order". Thankfully I had plenty of charge to get home. You can see why I don't trust that faulty database.


          • (Score: 2) by janrinok on Sunday February 18, @06:54PM

            by janrinok (52) Subscriber Badge on Sunday February 18, @06:54PM (#1345062) Journal

            Here's [] a picture of me, my daughters, and my car.

            It's a good job I was wearing my spectacles! :D

            I am not interested in knowing who people are or where they live. My interest starts and stops at our servers.