As popularity grows all over the globe for eco-friendly transportation, Nissan’s Leaf is at the forefront of the electric car market. Powered by 48 lithium-ion battery cells located under the front and rear seats, the Leaf is propelled along by a synchronous electric motor, producing 107bhp.
Enterprise rent-a-car has been looking into electric vehicles, and have announced that it will be offering the Leaf as a part of their rental package for the US outlets. Enterprise has plans to introduce 500 cars by January 2011, and will be adding the all important charging stations to 100 various locations within 30 cities across the States.
San Diego, Nashville and Los Angeles are among the list to be getting the new fleet of electric cars, with Enterprise determined to add other manufacturers electric vehicles as and when they become available. With director of sustainability for Enterprise, Mr Lee Broughton said that enquiries for electric rentals have already started coming in.
As of yet no rental costs have been released but a report by Autocar suggests that they will be in the higher end of the rental costs.
So with a fully charged range of 100 miles, off an eight hour charge can you see the appeal of renting electric ? Give us your views on Enterprise’s decision.