News of the deal brought Tesla’s stock to more than $970 in early morning trading, a new record-high, just one trading day after shares hit $900. The stock is currently up about 5%.
The deal, which will bring in a reported $4.2 billion for Tesla, is the largest ever purchase of electric vehicles, Bloomberg previously reported.
Tesla could not be reached for comment.
Bloomberg also reported the cars are slated for delivery within the next 14 months and will be available to customers in the U.S. and parts of Europe as early as November, according to the people.
The deal comes more than a year after Hertz filed for bankruptcy protection during the height of the pandemic, as demand for travel and rental vehicles waned. This year, investors from Knighthead Capital Management and Certares Management said they would take over the company.
–CNBC’s Michael Wayland contributed to this report.