Electric Bicycle Rentals Come To Hertz

Car rental company Hertz seems to be expanding into the green sector this year, as we’ve recently reported that the company is installing some solar panels at select locations, and offering electric cars for rent in cities like Washington, D.C. and Los Angeles, California.

Well, we can add one more eco-friendly initiative to the company’s portfolio – electric bicycles. While currently only available at London’s Marble Arch location, Hertz is offering twelve electric bicycles for rental, costing approximately $33 per bike per day.

image via Ultramotor

Riders can choose between two Ultramotor pedal-assist models, either the fold-able, lightweight Fast4ward Edge or the extended power A2B Hybrid 24. The Fast4ward Edge is equipped with a 250 watt brushless hub motor, has a range of 25 miles, a top speed of 15.5 miles per hour, and takes up to five hours to recharge from a standard outlet. The A2B Hybrid 24 has the same specifications, but weighs more and has a range of up to 40 miles. Both feature lithium-ion batteries.

Each bike rental from Hertz comes with a lock, an optional helmet, an electric charger, and even a travel guide for London with suggestions of the best routes. If you’re not up to the challenge of seeing the famous city by bike, however, we suggest looking for a fuel cell black cab to keep keep your carbon footprint low.

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Aaron Colter is a freelance writer and marketing consultant in Portland, Oregon. A graduate of Purdue University, he has worked for the NCAA, Dark Horse Comics, Willamette Week, AOL, The Huffington Post, Top Shelf Productions, DigitalTrends, theMIX agency, SuicideGirls, EarthTechling, d'Errico Studios and others. He is also the co-founder of BananaStandMedia.com, a free record label, recording studio, and distribution service for independent musicians.