Enterprise adds Electric Cars

Enterprise Rent-A-Car is going electric. Beginning in January, renters will be able to choose a Nissan Leaf electric vehicle (EV) at select neighborhood rental locations.

The cars do not use gasoline, but rather 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, Enterprise said.

The car rental company will take delivery of 500 Nissan Leafs in January, and more throughout the year, and says it will also be offering customers electric vehicles from other manufacturers as they become available.

The EVs will be introduced initially in eight markets: Phoenix and Tucson, Ariz.; Knoxville and Nashville, Tenn.; San Diego; Los Angeles; Portland, Ore.; and Seattle.

Enterprise said charging stations would be installed at locations beginning in November.

The company said it wants to make sure employees are properly trained in showing customers how to use and charge the cars, before expanding the program.

Enterprise Holdings, which also includes the Alamo and National car rental brands, already operates the world's largest fleet of fuel-efficient vehicles, including nearly 7,000 gas/electric hybrids, officials said.

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