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Hertz Adds Chevy Volt To Car-Sharing Service, Targets Students

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Car rental firm Hertz got in there early with electric cars, saying as far back as 2010 it would put the Nissan Leaf on its fleet.

Several plug-in models have followed, and for its newest initiative, Hertz is targeting younger drivers.

A Chevrolet Volt has joined the University of Connecticut's car-sharing fleet, as part of the Hertz On Demand hourly car rental program.

The company reasons that college students are "the most tech and environmentally savvy", making the university location a perfect environment for introducing people to the car.

The Chevrolet Volt at the University of Connecticut will be available in the new Storrs Center parking garage in partnership with the Town of Mansfield, Connecticut. The site was chosen as it offers four electric car recharging stations, and Mansfield has worked hard to improve alternative and energy-saving transportation with recent cycling and bus initiatives.

The University itself now has six vehicles as part of Hertz On Demand, and over 800 members have enrolled in the program.

While one Chevy Volt is only a small step, its presence gives students a good chance to try out the latest technology--and as we know, the best way of getting people interested in plug-in vehicles is to get butts on seats.

For those who don't intend to buy, or can't afford to, Hertz On Demand shares much with other short-term car rental schemes, in that its prices are temptingly low for occasional driving.

There are no annual fees and hourly rental starts from only $6.50. Customers can drive up to 180 miles per day, and gas and insurance are included. Other recent additions to the fleet include the Ford Fiesta and Fiat 500.

You can find out more about renting electric, hybrid and green cars in our look at green rental options.

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  1. As much as I love the Volt, I just don't see much benefit for renting the Volt out unless the renter has a limited need for range and potentially long range need. The point of Volt is NOT to have any anxiety. When you rent a car, you usually know what you need it for. So, it is probably better to just offer a BEV.

    The only benefit of Volt is if the renter is NOT familiar with BEVs and worry about running out of juice...
     
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  2. I think the Volt makes sense.

    For Hertz, it's cheaper on gas than any hybrid for almost all of the potential driving distances (and almost the same as a Prius at 180 miles), can be used for any needed distance (remember, they only have a few cars in the fleet), can fully charge faster than an all-electric, and doesn't risk requiring a tow if battery is depleted.

    For the student renter, it might be cheaper, and has a cool factor that the Ford Fiesta does not.
     
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  3. the volt i think has a great potential as a rental car, while it's pricier then a cruze or cobalt, it's electric only range means you can likely do short visits without needing to gas up that's a big advantage to business travellers
     
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