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EV Rental Goes Mainstream
Almost a year ago, I wrote about how Hertz, the largest car rental company in the United states, was going to have Nissan LEAF electric cars in its fleet. As I said then, I think it's a great idea to give people a new way to become familiar with electric vehicles and try them for themselves (cars are expensive, so people are hesitant to spend their hard-earned cash on technologies they don't trust -- it took a while for hybrids to gain that trust). The good news is that Hertz has launched a site that allows you to get in line for a EV rental, and they'll have more than just the LEAF available.
HertzEV.com is the site, and on it you can sign up to get more details about how to get in line to rent an electric car.
The rental company is planning to offer the Mitsubishi i-MiEV, Smart electric drive, Nissan Leaf, Coda sedan and Toyota Prius plug-in hybrid to Connect customers. Hundreds of electric and plug-in hybrids will enter company fleets through the Hertz Global EV initiative over the next few months in New York, Washington and San Francisco, Hertz said. International rollouts are also planned in Britain and China. Not all the cars in the program are available yet -- the Coda, for instance, is scheduled for the second half of 2011. (source)
They will also have Tesla Roadsters, but only available to Prestige Collection Hertz rental customers.
So if you are considering buying an EV but aren't sure, this is a great way to help you get first-hand information and make up your mind!
Via HertzEV, NYT
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