Try it before you buy it. That seems to be the idea of the relationship between car maker Smart and rental agency Hertz. Hertz will be carrying Smart ED’s (electric drive) for rental starting in 2011.
Hertz and other rental companies have already made it plainly obvious that they will start renting out electric vehicles. They will all be stocking up on the Leaf, Volt, and other electric and hybrid vehicles in a bid to bring their customers the most fuel-efficient vehicles (and cutting down on their own maintenance costs). Hertz’s deal with Smart will see the rental agency leasing out the Smart ForTwo Electric Drive in San Francisco, New York, and Washington D.C. starting December 15th.
The Smart ForTwo ED has an all-electric range of about 70 miles, with a top speed of 75 mph. It takes between four and eight hours to recharged, and is slated for mass production come 2012. That means if you’re considering buying such a vehicle, maybe renting it from Hertz first might not be a bad idea.
I’m not the biggest fan of Smart cars, and the limited range is kind of a buzzkill. Looks like it could be fun with a few modifications though.
Source: Smart USA
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