Hertz deal might put more Uber drivers into Teslas

Labor

Jamison Hixenbaugh, “Gov. Wolf to Impose Higher Wages, Sick Pay Requirements for Workers,” Erie News Now, October 22, 2021, https://www.erienewsnow.com/story/45028810/gov-wolf-to-impose-higher-wages-sick-pay-requirements-for-workers

Holly Harrar, “Gov. Wolf signs new order to protect workers, raise minimum wage,” WFMZ, October 24, 2021, https://www.wfmz.com/news/area/pennsylvania/gov-wolf-signs-new-order-to-protect-workers-raise-minimum-wage/article_bfd7ca56-34ca-11ec-b610-d3b548c20d8d.html


John F. Kennedy

Jefferson Morley and Rex Bradford, “Biden Faces Deadline on Release of JFK Assassination Papers,” Intercept, October 20, 2021, https://theintercept.com/2021/10/20/jfk-assassination-papers-cia-release/

Bryan Bender, “What Biden is keeping secret in the JFK files,” Politico, October 24, 2021, https://www.politico.com/news/2021/10/24/biden-secret-jfk-files-517024


Guns

Pennsylvania

On the third anniversary of the Tree of Life shooting, the anti-Semitic Pennsylvania state legislature is at it again.[7]

Brendan Scanland, “Gov. Wolf, Gun Safety Advocates React to Republican Gun Legislation,” Erie News Now, October 26, 2021, https://www.erienewsnow.com/story/45056967/gov-wolf-gun-safety-advocates-react-to-republican-gun-legislation


Gig economy

Electric vehicles

I remember once when I wasn’t driving for Uber or Lyft but was working in the gig economy in another capacity in my Toyota Prius, someone walked up to my car thinking I was their Uber. Hertz and Tesla might be about to change that. And I just can’t wait to see what well-heeled Tesla owners think of this.

When news emerged that Hertz was buying 100,000 Teslas,[8] I raised an eyebrow and carried on. But it turns out half of them will be reserved for Uber drivers.[9]

My concern here has been about range[10] and so I wound up buying a Toyota RAV4 Hybrid, with well over 500 miles of range. Over the last two weeks, I’ve had five days where I’ve driven in excess of 250 miles. That’d definitely be pushing the bottom end of what is here reported as a 262-353 mile range (depending on battery size).[11] I had one day, in that period, that exceeded the top end of that range.

Charging stations remain scarce around Pittsburgh, especially in the South Hills where I live, and indeed Pittsburgh will not be among the cities where the Teslas are initially offered, but Hertz will be adding charging stations to at least some of its locations.[12]

Joann Muller, “A big EV push for Uber drivers,” Axios, October 27, 2021, https://www.axios.com/a-big-ev-push-for-uber-drivers-358a720f-f1ba-4c28-9a83-1bb86061c9e4.html


  1. [7]Brendan Scanland, “Gov. Wolf, Gun Safety Advocates React to Republican Gun Legislation,” Erie News Now, October 26, 2021, https://www.erienewsnow.com/story/45056967/gov-wolf-gun-safety-advocates-react-to-republican-gun-legislation
  2. [8]Joann Muller, “How Hertz’s big Tesla deal could boost EV adoption for everyone,” Axios, October 26, 2021, https://www.axios.com/hertz-adds-tesla-electric-car-rental-fleet-b0cb31af-5551-43cc-8f3b-62eae75ba9b3.html
  3. [9]Joann Muller, “A big EV push for Uber drivers,” Axios, October 27, 2021, https://www.axios.com/a-big-ev-push-for-uber-drivers-358a720f-f1ba-4c28-9a83-1bb86061c9e4.html
  4. [10]David Benfell, “Range anxiety, Uber and Lyft style,” Not Housebroken, May 22, 2021, https://disunitedstates.org/2021/05/21/range-anxiety-uber-and-lyft-style/
  5. [11]Joann Muller, “A big EV push for Uber drivers,” Axios, October 27, 2021, https://www.axios.com/a-big-ev-push-for-uber-drivers-358a720f-f1ba-4c28-9a83-1bb86061c9e4.html
  6. [12]Joann Muller, “How Hertz’s big Tesla deal could boost EV adoption for everyone,” Axios, October 26, 2021, https://www.axios.com/hertz-adds-tesla-electric-car-rental-fleet-b0cb31af-5551-43cc-8f3b-62eae75ba9b3.html

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