PARK RIDGE, N.J., May 6, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- The Hertz Corporation (NYSE: HTZ) announced a partnership with MINDDRIVE, a non-profit educational program, to engage and educate local communities about sustainable mobility through a cross country road trip in an electric vehicle built by MINDDRIVE students. MINDDRIVE teaches at-risk high school students business and technology based skills by converting older model cars into electric vehicles.
"MINDDRIVE is a great partner for Hertz as both of our organizations are actively promoting positive sustainability and community outcomes through fleet, innovation and technology," said Mark P. Frissora, Chairman and CEO of Hertz. "Just as MINDDRIVE engages students through first-hand learning and technology, Hertz believes that providing our customers with the opportunity to drive new, alternative fuel vehicles will help educate them about the benefits of sustainable transportation."
To help raise awareness about green transport and travel, Hertz is sponsoring the MINDDRIVE teams' cross country road trip this summer, as well as providing support vehicles from its Green Traveler Collection. The Green Traveler Collection includes high fuel economy and alternative fuel vehicles, such as hybrids, electric vehicles and clean diesel.
The 2013 MINDDRIVE campaign includes rebuilding a 1967 Karmann Ghia into a fully electric, low-speed, neighborhood car. The team will be touring the country in the rebuilt EV to help raise awareness about MINDDRIVE's education program. From there, students will replicate the neighborhood car design using sustainable materials, including molded plywood and fiberglass, resulting in a lightweight, ultra-efficient and sustainable vehicle. This Series 2 Karmann Ghia will become a kit car for low-production resale.
"Our mission is to inspire students to learn, expand their vision of the future, and to have a positive influence on urban workforce development," says Steve Rees, MINDDRIVE founder. "When our students work shoulder-to-shoulder for 16 weeks with an adult mentor, they begin to envision a different outcome for their lives."
MINDDRIVE, is a 501(c)3 organization based in Kansas City, Missouri which serves the high school students, teaching math, science, technology and creativity through hands-on, experiential learning. The program ignites the students' engagement in their education and their futures by providing state-of-the-art projects that address important global issues of our time. For more information, visit http://www.minddrive.org.
About The Hertz Corporation
Hertz operates its car rental business through the Hertz, Dollar and Thrifty brands from approximately 10,400 corporate, licensee and franchisee locations in North America, Europe, Latin America, Asia, Australia, Africa, the Middle East and New Zealand. Hertz is the largest worldwide airport general use car rental brand, operating from approximately 8,800 corporate and licensee locations in approximately 150 countries. Hertz is the number one airport car rental brand in the U.S. and at 111 major airports in Europe. Dollar and Thrifty have approximately 1,580 corporate and franchisee locations in approximately 80 countries. Hertz is an inaugural member of Travel + Leisure's World's Best Awards Hall of Fame and was recently named, for the thirteenth time, by the magazine's readers as the Best Car Rental Agency. Hertz was also voted the Best Overall Car Rental Company in Zagat's 2012/13 U.S. Car Rental Survey, earning top honors in 14 additional categories, and the Company swept the global awards for Best Rewards Program and Best Overall Benefits from FlyerTalk.com. Product and service initiatives such as Hertz Gold Plus Rewards, NeverLost®, and unique cars and SUVs offered through the Company's Adrenaline, Prestige and Green Traveler Collections, also set Hertz apart from the competition. Additionally, Hertz owns the vehicle leasing and fleet management leader Donlen Corporation and operates the Hertz On Demand car sharing business. The Company also owns a leading North American equipment rental business, Hertz Equipment Rental Corporation, which includes Hertz Entertainment Services.
To make car rental reservations or for more information, customers can call Hertz toll-free at 1-800-654-3131. Information and reservations are also available on the web at www.hertz.com.
To learn more about Hertz's global sustainability efforts, visit www.hertzlivingjourney.com.
SOURCE The Hertz Corporation