As most of us know, owning a car is both a luxury and expense. When we need to run an errand or get across town for an appointment, we simply hop in our cars and go. Unless, of course, our car isn’t in the mood. Outside of taxis, there are generally few options for individuals without vehicles to get from point A to point B quickly or at their own pace. In Orlando, residents living in the city are faced with the same problem – at least, until October.
In a recent article in the Orlando Sentinel, writer Dan Tracy reported that by mid-October, Hertz 24/7 will place a small fleet of rental vehicles in downtown Orlando. In all, 12 cars will be placed at six locations across the city including the CNL building, Lynx headquarters, Landmark Center, and the campus at Florida Hospital. According to Tracy, the idea is to have several car-sharing spots near stops on the SunRail commuter train line which will be up and running in May 2014 to allow riders without a car to rent one to go to a meeting or grab lunch.
No annual fee
Unlike ZipCar and most other car-sharing companies, Hertz 24/7 doesn’t charge an annual fee and rates start at $8 an hour. Gas and insurance are rolled into the rental fee, but the car must be returned to the spot where it was picked up.
The state of Florida, which first announced a plan to start an auto-sharing program in Orlando in April, is not investing any tax dollars in the plan and hopes to work with Hertz to expand to other locations in Metro Orlando if downtown operations are successful.
By the end of 2013, Hertz expects to offer the 24/7 service in more than 2,000 locations worldwide. The service is currently available in the U.S., Spain, Germany, France, Australia, and the U.K.