European car rental agency Sixt has begun renting electric vehicles on a limited basis in Germany. Electric versions of the Fiat 500 and Micro-Vett Fiorino van are now available at outlets in Essen in northwestern Germany. The 500 has an 8 kilowatt-hour batter which is claimed to give it an 87-mile range (doubtful). The Fiorino is claimed to have a 100-mile range from a similar battery.

The 500 is available to customers for €59 ($78) per day while the van runs €79 ($105) per day. Over the next couple of years, many other rental companies will start offering electric cars as they become more available. The big question is will they charge the same exorbitant rates for recharging if you bring it back with a dead battery like they do for an empty tank of gas? Hats off to Juergen for the tip!


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