to offer EVs
Enterprise Rent-A-Car announced the first
phase of its plans to offer electric vehicles (EVs) at select
offices throughout its network of more than 5,000 United States
Delivery of 500 Nissan Leafs will begin in January 2011 and will
continue throughout the year. In addition to the Leafs, the company
will offer customers electric vehicles from other manufacturers
as they become available.
Electric vehicles use no gasoline and do not produce greenhouse
gas emissions. The cars can be charged using a standard 110-volt
home outlet, or a 220-volt or 480-volt commercial charging station.
Most EVs can travel about 100 miles on a single charge, accommodating
the travel habits of the daily commuter, who drives an average
of approximately 40 miles a day.
Enterprise Rent-A-Car initially will offer electric vehicles
to customers across eight different markets where the infrastructure
exists to support the vehicles, including Phoenix and Tucson,
Arizona; Knoxville and Nashville, Tennessee; San Diego; Los Angeles;
Portland, Oregon; and Seattle.
Beginning November 2010, charging stations will be installed
at select locations, including several of the Enterprise “hybrid
branches” – nearly 100 designated locations which offer hybrids
and other environmentally-friendly rental options in 30 different
markets. Enterprise is rolling the vehicles out to a limited
number of branches to ensure that it can properly train its employees
to show customers how to use and charge the EVs.