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In the US, Hertz’s Green Traveler Collection includes hybrid, plug-in hybrid and full EVs (Photo: Hertz)

Hertz has joined a Chinese pilot project to boost electric vehicles.

The US car rental group said it will start renting electric vehicles in Shanghai and will cooperate with GE Industrial Solutions China to create an EV infrastructure there. The program will initially be aimed at corporations and government agencies.

Hertz also launched a partnership with Chinese carmaker BYD to boost EV sales and leasing.

"China has committed to rapidly expand electric vehicle travel and Hertz is committed to supporting the important EV Pilot City program,” said Hertz Chairman Mark Frissora.

The Chinese government earlier this year selected Shanghai as the electric vehicle international pilot city. The Jiading district of the city was designated the electric vehicle international demonstration zone. The goal is to generate more public awareness of EVs and better integrate them in the auto industry's goals and strategies.

Hertz already has EV car-rental programs in 10 cities globally, including in London, New York and Los Angeles. It offers cars from BYD, Nissan, GM, Mitsubishi, Renault and Tesla. As part of the program, the company is forming partnerships with automakers, charging station providers, municipalities, non-governmental organizations, corporations and other entities.

Said Frissora: "We are firmly committed to adding new retail and business to business EV car rental locations internationally as auto manufacturers ramp up EV and PHEV production over the next few years."

Hertz said it plans to increase its global EV presence by deploying vehicles in other countries in the coming months. It also intends to help build EV grids through the use of its fleet management tools and the GPS systems it has available in its cars.