• May 13th 2010 at 1:24PM
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For those of you that aren't quite sure if an electric vehicle is something that you can live, with you'll have an easier way to find out early in 2011. According to The New York Times, Hertz will begin renting the Nissan Leaf in the United States and Europe shortly after customer deliveries begin late this year. At this point, it is unlikely the Leaf rental will available everywhere. Instead, the same regions where the car is first offered for sale will probably be in the lead for rentals. That means places like California and Hawaii will get the first batch of cars.

While tourists may be interested in renting the Leaf, they might want to check with their lodgings first to ensure that there will be somewhere to plug it in. It could put a real damper on a vacation to land in Hawaii and then have not be able to charge the car at the hotel.

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      • 5 Years Ago
      I'll rent it just to get a chance to drive it for a weekend.
      David S.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Electric cars are great as a concept, bad in practical terms. Americans are creatures of habit. They will never be satisfied being able to just drive 30 miles and then having to re-charge their vehicles. Until the technology improves, this is just a fad for the select few. These haven't even caught on in Europe, where gasoline is much higher than the U.S., and the foks overall are far more liberal. Just watch the documentary "Who Killed the Electric Car?" and you will know....
      • 5 Years Ago
      So is the Leaf going to become a "Rental Queen" before they provide cars to all the early hand raisers? More to the point the non-California hand raisers.

        • 5 Years Ago
        I am sure Hertz WAS an early hand raiser. Not part of the 8,000 we were tracking but part of the undisclosed numbers that go to commercial fleet sales.
        • 5 Years Ago
        It seems that the Leaf will be in massively short supply until the factories in Europe and the US get going.
        Only 50,000 for the whole world is not a lot, and very many fleets are likely to want to get their hands on test vehicles.
        Private customers who manage to get one will be the lucky few.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Same old story....Great news for Nissan and more bad news for American automobile manufacturers! Where is the Chevrolet Volt?! We invent the technology..the baterries...we patent it...then we allow to to be developed, manufactured and sold by our competitors....Japan and China! As a country we are getting weaker by the moment.
      • 5 Years Ago
      We need to start passing building codes that require electrical wiring for EV charging. I'll settle for just requiring the conduit and wiring to be installed with no end outlets yet. Just get things ready so the final touches can be added easily later.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Every has valid points here....but all of you are missing the real concern. Just like the Toyota Prius, Nissan will be gaining valuable (priceless) market share and exposure while we sit idle with our technology.

      The Chevy "Volt" concept will be an ideal rental vehicle as its mileage will be estimated to be far above 100mpg. Charging this vehicle is not an issue as it isnt really required - if you understand the technology.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Hertz will not be renting Leafs until 2013 when they will be available. only 20k Leafs will be available to the US in 2011 and 2012 and none will be available for Hertz. Until Tennasee starts production no Leafs for Hertz.
      • 5 Years Ago
      The idea of an electric car is great. Hertz may want to contact the hotels, and resorts to find out which of these can accomodate their rental car customers. Don't leave it up to the customer. I would personally love to try one in Hawaii. I am a travel agent and will be watching this as there is more information.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Nissan may want to limit the initial markets because it will take a while to have technicians in all dealerships trained to diagnose issues and perform maintenance. But is nissan is smart they will deliver some early models to hand raisers from each region of the country so people see them on the road as they quietly zip around.

      The best advertising is word of mouth and a lot of people wont pay much attention to electric vehicles until they see one pass them by while they fill up the tank.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Ghosn says that he is not worried about marketing, as he thinks they will sell themselves! - He is thinking about giving the marketing to his children!
      • 5 Years Ago
      I don't live in Canada but I was told with many diesel autos on the road, many of the
      Hotels up there have extension cords that run to the parking lot. Some of the older
      diesels were difficult to start especially in cold weather. People with diesels and in
      some cases gas cars, would put a block heater in their car, plug it in at night and go
      out in the morning and with the engine warm, the cars would start easily. I am sure
      the same can be done with electric cars.
      • 5 Years Ago
      On the island Terschelling, this would be an immediate hit. Oh, that's so small it's bikes only... useless in the end.
      • 5 Years Ago
      I can see it working with this.


      Put chargers at dropoff locations.
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