The Hertz, a car-rental company, has lunched Global EV program, an initiative to accelerate widespread use of electric vehicles by bringing EVs to the general public through its car rental and car sharing operations.

Hertz and its partners will roll out the EV rental program, which will provide a range of EVs and plug-in hybrid EVs (PHEVs) and charging stations on a rental and car-sharing basis, starting this autumn with full-scale deployment in the US and other countries beginning in 2011.

Hertz will build partnerships with manufacturers, charging station providers, municipalities, NGOs, corporations and other stakeholders to scale up EV and PHEV usage for the general public, staring with the supply of Nissan Leaf EVs to its select US and European car rental and sharing locations.

The company also plans to use its rental and car sharing locations as bases for vehicles and charging stations, and form an EV grid by including new technologies such as fleet management tools and the consumer-facing Never Lost GPS system as part of the initiative.

In the future, the company plans to expand the Hertz Global EV project by building on its EV grid and potentially bringing other areas of the business, including Hertz Equipment Rental within the periphery of the program.

Hertz chairman and CEO Mark Frissora said that the Hertz Global EV program will galvanize support for building out the infrastructure platform necessary to make electric vehicle travel an everyday reality.