Over the last few years, several large rental firms have helped the electric car cause by adding plug-in vehicles to their rental fleets. In theory, it's the ideal people to get people into electric cars in general--some seat time is usually enough to convince people that EVs are the way to go. The good news is that people are certainly renting those cars. The bad news is that they aren't doing so for very long, and it's due to a familiar electric car sticking point: range anxiety. According to Bloomberg, customers trying out Nissan Leaf electric cars as part of Enterprise's rental fleet are...
New Effort: Electric-Car Rentals And Charging For Orlando, Florida
What's the best way to persuade people that electric cars are a viable alternative to gasoline cars? Get "butts in seats." And what's one of the largest car-rental markets in the United States? That woud be Orlando, Florida. Now a new initiative, Drive Electric Orlando (DEO), is coordinating rental...John Voelcker
Renting Electric Cars: Hertz Rocks, Enterprise Facing More Challenges?
Does electric car rental work as a business proposition? That might depend on who you ask. Because despite popular rental company Hertz having massive success with the format, backed up by other popular schemes like Car2Go, things aren't so rosy for Enterprise. According to the New York Times (via...Antony Ingram
Hertz Tests Wireless Charging For Electric-Car Rentals
Over the past year we’ve seen car rental firms like Hertz and Enterprise launch new schemes designed to give customers a hassle-free way of renting a plug-in car instead of a gasoline one if they so wish. Now Hertz is helping Virginia-based Evatran test its wireless charging technology -- a...Nikki Gordon-Bloomfield
Recycling Used Oil Into Fresh, Clean Oil: Enterprise Signs On
Over the years, the norms around what to do with used oil have changed. Used to be you tossed it down the nearest drain. Then came recycling. As energy prices soared, using old oil as heating fuel in special-purpose space heaters arrived. Now, the loop has closed, and used oil can be considered...John Voelcker
Renting an Electric Car: When Is It Smart, When Is It Dumb?
One way for potential buyers to get familiar with electric cars is to rent one. Several rental companies, among them Enterprise, have announced plans to rent 2011 Nissan Leaf and other electric models at selected locations. Renting an electric car lets you spend far more time in one than the...George Parrott
Electric cars and the rental market seem made for one another. While you’re not easily going to be able to make huge long-distance family trips in an electric rental car, all electric rental cars are ideal for visitors to larger cities throughout the U.S., be they on holiday or stop-over business trips. Hertz and Enterprise have already shown a keen commitment to the electric car market segment, with promises to buy 2011 Nissan Leafs for both European and U.S. rental locations. But Nissan isn’t the only electric car automaker to benefit from the green drive in the rental market...