August 22, 2011
Hertz and Enterprise Rental Car Companies Expand Electric Fleets
As electric vehicles continue to make the transition from the sideshow to the showroom, several car rental companies have hopped on the battery-powered bandwagon by adding EVs to their fleets in select cities. Those traveling to Austin, Seattle, Oahu, Portland, Oregon or multiple locations throughout California now have the option of going gas-free with Enterprise Rent-A-Car. Already offering hybrid options in markets across the country, the rental company further confirmed its commitment to environmentally-friendly alternatives by expanding its lineup to include the all-electric Nissan Leaf.
Members of the Hertz On Demand program now have access to several electric drive models, as well. Through the car sharing service, customers can rent the Nissan Leaf, Smart EV or Mitsubishi i-MiEV for short jaunts or extended trips, with rates starting at $5 hourly or $60 a day including insurance. All rental cars have access to Hertz's member care center, which offers information on charging stations, drop-off points and roadside assistance. And although charging stations are becoming more and more prevalent in major metropolitan areas, Hertz does not require members to return their vehicles with a full charge. Currently available in New York, London, San Francisco and Washington, DC, Hertz's electric fleet is expected to move into other markets in the near future.
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