The Hertz, a global airport general use car rental company, has joined forces with NRG Energy, a power generation company, to support development of a charging infrastructure and services for electric vehicles (EV) in Texas.

The agreement call for Hertz to support NRG’s plans to create a network of NRG’s eVgo branded charging stations across five Texas cities (Houston, Dallas, Fort Worth, Austin and San Antonio) by supplying vehicles, research and knowhow to promote the adoption of EVs and plug-in EVs (PHEVs).

The agreement, which includes work to advance Hertz’s Texas EV fleet and develop the charging infrastructure through the eVgo network , is part of Hertz’s strategy to form partnerships to provide a range of EVs and PHEVs and charging stations on a car rental and car-sharing basis at this scale.

Though the eVgo network of rapid charging stations, the first of which are expected to be installed in February 2011, Houston’s EV drivers will always have a charging station within access along major thoroughfares within 25 miles or more of city center.

Hertz chairman and CEO Mark Frissora said that the partnership with NRG illustrates how industry players can come together to encourage EV trial and adoption and this partnership will provide consumers and businesses with an economical and convenient option for using EVs.

"Hertz and NRG are committed to expanding the Texas model to other cities, supporting the creation of EV infrastructure platforms nationwide, a critical next step in further developing the EV infrastructure," Frissora said.