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  • Auto News in 2 Minutes: Hertz Electrified Houston, Plus GM Super Cruise

    Auto News in 2 Minutes: Hertz Electrified Houston, Plus GM Super Cruise

    Each week, our veteran radio news journalist, Laura Reynolds, brings interviews with top auto industry execs to CarPro. You can hear her latest Auto News shorts right here. In a hurry? Then you'll love these 1-2 minute interview segments.

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    Hertz Electrified Houston

    CEO of Hertz Stephen Scherr says they are launching Hertz Electrified in Houston, Texas. That means adding more than 2,000 EVs to its Houston locations by the end of 2023. Scherr:  "We believe that electrification represents a watershed moment in the history of mobility. It's an incredible opportunity to be a part of this transformational period when genuine innovation and change is truly at hand. That's why Hertz is building the largest EV rental fleet in North America, and one of the largest in the world. Our intention is to grow our electric fleet to be almost 25 percent of our total fleet by the end of 2024.  Some of most important customers are in fact ride share drivers, like Uber drivers.  Through our partnership with Uber, approximately 50,000 drivers have rented an EV through Hertz, logging over 216 million miles in a Hertz vehicle."   Scherr says the chose Houston because of the city's Houston Climate Action Plan strategy aligns with Hertz' goals.

    GM Ultra Cruise

    General-Motors-Ultra-Cruise-announcement-infographics-002-1Credit: GM.

    General Motors Chief Engineer of Ultra Cruise Jason Ditman describes what it’ll be like driving hands-free with Ultra Cruise.  Ditman: "It's designed to be ultimately a destination-to-destination feature. So I'll give you my example. I have a 55-mile commute. So imagine I get in my car, I select the tech center as my destination I've got in my settings to automatically navigate that route with Ultra Cruise. And I leave my driveway as soon as the system is able to engage, the steering wheel light bar would go green and I would let go of the steering wheel and the vehicle would get me to the freeway, stopping at stop signs, stopping at stop lights, making turns. You know the majority of that time my hands are off the steering wheel and so that's what the ultimate end game is for Ultra Cruise." For more information on these and other vehicles, check out CarPro.com. With Today’s Auto News, I’m Laura Reynolds.   

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