Avis Budget Group – like Hertz and Enterprise Rent-A-Car – will begin offering "zero-emissions" vehicles for rent to the public. Unlike Hertz and Enterprise, which inked deals that will land Nissan Leafs on their lots, Avis elected to sign a two-car agreement with Renault. Avis placed an order for 500 Renault Fluence Z.E. and Kangoo Express Z.E. electric vehicles (EVs) and, by the end of 2011, will offer both battery-powered vehicles to its customers in France, Spain, the UK, Portugal, Germany, Italy and Belgium.
For many, renting an EV will allow a rare opportunity to try out the new technology before deciding whether or not to buy. Renault corporate sales vice president, Uwe Hochgeschurtz, adds:
Hit the jump for more on Avis' plans to offer "zero-emissions" vehicles on its rental lots.We are the only European carmaker who is developing a complete range of affordable electric vehicles with our own batteries, our own technologies and our own production system to guarantee a high level of quality and performance. By hiring an electric vehicle through Avis, the public will be able to experience new driving technology and learn about the environmental benefits of electric vehicles.