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Published on May 13th, 2010 | by Nick Chambers

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On The Fence About EVs? Hertz Will Rent Nissan LEAFs Starting in 2011

I’ve always thought a great initial market for EVs would be in rental car fleets. Although a large number of early adopters will take up the EV reigns next year, the rest of the planet is set to kind of just sit back and watch. Yet there are always the watchers that really want to try a new thing out, but don’t want to fork over the cash until all the kinks are worked out.

In this vein, Hertz just announced that they will be including LEAFs in select rental fleets around the country starting next year. This makes Hertz the first rental car company in North America to commit to EVs. So for those of you fence sitters, or those of you that just want a novel experience, seems you’ll have a chance to test it out without having to befriend a LEAF owner.

Wondering if you’ll be in an area that offers LEAF rentals? Chances are good that they will closely line up with the initial markets in which the LEAF is available — such as California, Washington, Oregon, Arizona and Tennessee. But you can bet that Hertz will add more LEAFs to other areas as the national rollout continues through 2011 and into 2012.

Source: Green Car Advisor


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  • Verde

    I wonder how much it will cost you in extra fees if you don’t return the car with the battery fully charged? “Sir, would you like to purchase the pre-paid charging option for the low rate of 14cents a KWh?”

  • Verde

    I wonder how much it will cost you in extra fees if you don’t return the car with the battery fully charged? “Sir, would you like to purchase the pre-paid charging option for the low rate of 14cents a KWh?”

  • Verde

    I wonder how much it will cost you in extra fees if you don’t return the car with the battery fully charged? “Sir, would you like to purchase the pre-paid charging option for the low rate of 14cents a KWh?”

  • Timothy

    Umm, so after you drive away from Hertz, where are you supposed to recharge the car? The vast number of parking lots and decks I’m familiar wth on a daily basis are electrical deserts.

    Are hotels and restaurants in other cities undergoing expensive removations to accomodate Hertz rental cars or do the Hertz models come with a mini-reactor or solar roof?

    • Nick Chambers

      Timothy and Linda,

      Very valid points. That’s why Hertz will only be renting them in places that Nissan has chosen for the initial launch markets. Those places are areas that Nissan and the local government/business community have committed to build a charging infrastructure within the next year.

  • Timothy

    Umm, so after you drive away from Hertz, where are you supposed to recharge the car? The vast number of parking lots and decks I’m familiar wth on a daily basis are electrical deserts.

    Are hotels and restaurants in other cities undergoing expensive removations to accomodate Hertz rental cars or do the Hertz models come with a mini-reactor or solar roof?

  • Timothy

    Umm, so after you drive away from Hertz, where are you supposed to recharge the car? The vast number of parking lots and decks I’m familiar wth on a daily basis are electrical deserts.

    Are hotels and restaurants in other cities undergoing expensive removations to accomodate Hertz rental cars or do the Hertz models come with a mini-reactor or solar roof?

    • Nick Chambers

      Timothy and Linda,

      Very valid points. That’s why Hertz will only be renting them in places that Nissan has chosen for the initial launch markets. Those places are areas that Nissan and the local government/business community have committed to build a charging infrastructure within the next year.

  • Linda

    I like this idea but am wondering how renters will charge their batteries. If you are renting a car you are probably staying in a hotel and the hotel probably won’t let you charge up the car with their electricity.

    How would this work? Is the idea only for people who are renting a car for a single day for a short trip? Will Hertz partner with hotel chains so people can recharge their batteries at their hotels?

  • Linda

    I like this idea but am wondering how renters will charge their batteries. If you are renting a car you are probably staying in a hotel and the hotel probably won’t let you charge up the car with their electricity.

    How would this work? Is the idea only for people who are renting a car for a single day for a short trip? Will Hertz partner with hotel chains so people can recharge their batteries at their hotels?

  • Linda

    I like this idea but am wondering how renters will charge their batteries. If you are renting a car you are probably staying in a hotel and the hotel probably won’t let you charge up the car with their electricity.

    How would this work? Is the idea only for people who are renting a car for a single day for a short trip? Will Hertz partner with hotel chains so people can recharge their batteries at their hotels?

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