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Wednesday, 09 April 2014 09:25

English universities join 24/7 clean car rental club

A couple more English universities, Imperial College in West London and Oxford Brookes, have teamed with Hertz on a 24/7 cleaner car club, and latest results reveal carbon emissions can be reduced by 40%.

web-hertz-1Imperial College in West London
Imperial College in West London has undergone significant expansion over the last 5 years, adding to traffic and congestion, and putting even more pressure on parking spaces.

To combat these problems and reduce carbon, the College now offer staff and students access to a pure electric vehicle - the Mitsubishi I-MiEVe - and a selection of low emission (104 g/km) vehicles and these will be replaced every 3 years.

GPS tracking allows the savings in fuel and CO2 to be measured. When a car club vehicle is used for business travel, emissions are reduced by up to 40%, from an average of 180 g/km to only 104 g/km per trip. The carbon is then off-set to neutralise the impact of each journey through the purchase of BP Target Neutral carbon offset certificates. The scheme has been operating for 6 months, and since its inception, over 6000 miles have been driven, saving 750 Kilogrammes of CO2.

A spokesperson for Imperial College London, said: "Using Hertz 24/7 vehicles as our employee pool cars is reducing our reliance on taxis and personal vehicles for business trips between campuses. Membership is free and is available to staff and students, including our 300 clubs and societies, for private use outside working hours, providing a convenient and cost-effective alternative to traditional car use."

Four low or zero emission vehicles are now in use across the college's campuses. Three cars – a Ford Fiesta 1.4 TDCi, an automatic Kia Rio and an all-electric Mitsubishi IMiEV – are at the South Kensington campus, while an additional VW Golf BlueMotion 1.6 TDCi is in the Silwood Park campus in Ascot. Further parking bays have also been allocated across the college's sites in Royal Brompton, Hammersmith, Charing Cross and St Mary's, Paddington.

web-hertz2Oxford Brookes University
Oxford Brookes university has just signed a partnership with The Hertz 24/7 fleet for the University's car club which includes low emission Ford Fiesta's, and an all-electric Mitsubishi IMiEV.

Henning Thiel, Sustainability Manager of Oxford Brookes University, said: "Hertz 24/7 will be an important addition to the University's suite of transport solutions which provides an excellent service to our staff and students.

"While increasing the quality of the student experience, the car club will also help the University in reducing our environmental impacts and will have a positive effect on our local community by alleviating traffic and parking conditions."

The Hertz 24/7 cars for the Oxford Brookes Car Club are located at University buildings and student halls. These include the main campus at Gipsy Lane Site, the Clive Booth Student Village, Headington Hill Site, Marston Road Site, Wheatley Campus, Harcourt Hill Campus, Warnerford Hall and Crescent Hall. Members of the Oxford scheme can also access a network of Hertz 24/7 vehicles located across the country.

About Hertz 24/7 clean cars
Members can easily book the vehicles online, by phone, or using a smartphone app and, as with all 24/7 vehicles, RFID technology allows keyless entry to any vehicle in the fleet. While on the road, members have 24/7 one-touch access to the Member Care Centre through the in-car, hands-free telecom technology.

All 24/7 rentals in the UK include 20 free miles, congestion charge, cleaning, maintenance and VAT, with standard rates starting from £5.50 per hour. The Car Club members will also be able to use the Hertz 24/7 service UK, US, France, Germany, Spain and Australia for hourly, daily or weekly rentals, with any time instant access.

Imperial College London and Oxford Brookes are the latest educational institutions for Hertz's 24/7 program in the UK, which also serves Reading University and London's Brunel University. Hertz 24/7 also partners with over 50 universities in the United States.