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

Nick Chambers

Not your traditional car guy.