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‘Hertz Electrifies’ launches in partnership with Denver automotive technology program

The partnership with Montbello Career and Technical High School jumpstarts electric vehicle training opportunities for jobs of the future

Denver—Hertz Chair and CEO Stephen Scherr and Denver Mayor Michael Hancock have launched “Hertz Electrifies” in Denver at Montbello Career and Technical High School. They announced intentions to expand the availability of electric vehicles (EVs), charging infrastructure, and EV education and training opportunities in the Denver community. Denver is the first city in this new public private initiative with Hertz, which is expanding to other cities across the country.

“Hertz is investing in the largest electric vehicle rental fleet in North America and as part of that effort, we are committed to helping communities tap into the economic and environmental benefits of electrification,” Scherr said. “We are proud to launch Hertz Electrifies with the city of Denver and Mayor Hancock, and to partner with Montbello Career and Technical High School to help create EV educational and training opportunities for the workforce of the future.” 

Through Hertz Electrifies, Hertz aims to bring up to 5,200 rental EVs to Denver, including models from Tesla, Polestar, and GM. In addition, Hertz is supporting the installation of publicly accessible charging infrastructure in partnership with bp and its global high-speed electric charging network, bp pulse. To help inform the buildout of charging infrastructure across all neighborhoods of Denver, Hertz is sharing with the city anonymous, aggregated telematic insights from its fleet of connected cars through its “Hertz Charging Opportunity Index.”

Hertz is donating an electric vehicle and providing EV educational and training materials to Montbello Career and Technical High School to enable the school to incorporate EV technology into its auto servicing curriculum. Hertz is also making summer jobs available to young people in Denver, including through the Denver Youth Employment Program.

“Our partnership with Hertz and their donation of resources and an EV to Montbello Career and Technical High School is a groundbreaking new endeavor to teach young people new skills and prepare them for the next wave of technological advances,” said Denver Mayor Michael B. Hancock. “We’re targeting this initial effort right where it’s most needed, and also partnering with the Denver Youth Employment Program to make sure there are similar opportunities across the city. These alliances will further educate our youth and put them on a path to success in the economy of tomorrow.”

Arnetta Koger, principal of Montbello Career and Technical High School, added, “Montbello Career and Technical houses the only high school automotive program in the far northeast region of Denver. We are glad to partner with Hertz and Denver. Now, with our first electric vehicle, we will be able to ensure that our students are preparing for the jobs and technologies of the future.”

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