• May 14, 2010
Nissan Leaf EV – Click above to for high-res image gallery

For those of you who aren't quite sure if an electric vehicle is something you can live with, you'll have an easier way to find out early in 2011. According to The New York Times, Hertz – the same company that bid for rival Dollar Thrifty last month – 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 there will be somewhere to plug it in. Not being able to charge the car at your hotel could put a real damper on your Hawaiian vacation.



[Source: The New York Times]


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      • 4 Years Ago
      I wonder how many folks will get stranded when the battery runs out, while they are somewhere other than home, and they don't know where to charge the thing...

      And I know that they want these hybrids and electrics to look special... but damn that is an ugly vehicle.
        • 4 Years Ago
        I think the problem is that people will forget to include the RETURN trip when considering mileage. Sure, it may be only 10 miles to get from here to there - but then you need to get BACK to 'here.'
        • 4 Years Ago
        none. few. not a notable amount. living in one of the pilot locations (at least what it's worth for sd) i can easily see no tourists exceeding the range of this car in a day. want to go down town from mission valley? under 10 miles. to the beach? under 10 miles. the average business visitor heads to a convention or company related location also within that super continent 20 mile radius of mission valley. it's just not going to happen much.

        plus, hertz isn't staffed by 5 year olds, i guarantee their staff will ask people looking to rent a leaf how far they intend to go... and as mentioned above, most will be people, locals, who just want to try an ev out for a day.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Would you have to return it fully charged? LOL
        • 4 Years Ago
        LOL
        • 4 Years Ago
        Dammit you beat me to it!
        • 4 Years Ago
        Depending on what charging method is available at the rental agency, however, it could make a difference. From what I read in a recent article, quick chargers can take about 20 minutes, a 220 charge can take 8 hours, and a 110 charge can take 16-18 hours. If they're using the latter, that can mean a whole lot of time that the car isn't 'rentable,' and earning money for the company.
        • 4 Years Ago
        That's a good question actually. You typically get charged an arm and a leg if you return a rental without a full tank and and hadn't prepaid for gas.

        My hope, though, is that the answer is no, since they should have have charging on site and it's only a couple bucks of electricity at most.
      • 4 Years Ago
      So are the locations where ya get thars susposta have extension cords all over the place ? Seems impractical for places other than the 1 day or hourly locations. I work at Hertz in Texas and we have a Very Small interest in the Prius even here.
      • 4 Years Ago
      These will make great zipcars. Hertz also does hourly rentals in NYC and Boston, so many they will expand it.
        • 4 Years Ago
        I'm not so sure. It seems like the size of the vehicle is appropriate for zipcar use, but it just seems like the likelihood of getting in one that's at under 100% charge is too great. I'm not thinking that zipcar drivers would really exhaust the full charge themselves, but if the thing is used by 10 different people in a day, the amount of charging that it would get when "returned" seems like it would be a pretty big problem.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Good point, perfect for zip and around town rentals.
      • 4 Years Ago
      They better check to make sure their towing service is up to speed. Imagine towing back all those empty Leave's.
        • 4 Years Ago
        well, its the Toronto Maple Leaf's, not leaves....

        But I like "leaves" better in this case
        • 4 Years Ago
        So the car plural question comes again. More than one Leaf, are they Leaves? or Leaf's?

        It's almost like Focus's or Focii
        • 4 Years Ago
        "leaves" was my intend as in "leaves his car"
        • 4 Years Ago
        Since Leaf is a proper noun in this case, the correct plural is Leafs. Just as the plural of Prius is Priuses (no matter was pseudo-Latin scholars tell you).

        Also please review how to use the apostrophe. It is unneeded here.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Good idea, lots of people will be curious to experience the electric car, myself included. Good move Hertz.
      • 4 Years Ago
      I just can't wait to see this disaster. Even nowadays people get stranded because they ran out of gas. Imagine how many of them will be able to grasp the concept of a charge left in a battery lol.
      • 4 Years Ago
      I'll pass. Give me a regular gas combustion engine, I haven't even warmed up to hybrids yet (although Ford is swaying me with the Fusion Hybrid a little...).
      • 4 Years Ago
      Perhaps they should rent it in a cold weather climate like Winnipeg. Most motels there have outlets for engine block heaters.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Too bad the range will stink in the winter.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Seems like it would make a terrible rental. I couldn't imagine anyone renting a car with such severe limitations for more than a day, and for any purpose other than curiosity and novelty joyriding.
      • 4 Years Ago
      "While tourists may be interested in renting the Leaf, they might want to check with their lodgings first to ensure there will be somewhere to plug it in."

      Other than the curious renting this for one day, it has zero use for a business traveler staying at a hotel until the major chains have charging stations.
        • 4 Years Ago
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      • 4 Years Ago
      This would basically be a good urban runabout at the most.
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