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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:
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.
Hit the jump for more on Avis' plans to offer "zero-emissions" vehicles on its rental lots.



[Source: Avis]

PRESS RELEASE

AVIS PRE-ORDERS 500 RENAULT ELECTRIC VEHICLES FOR HIRE


• Following the Electric Vehicle partnership announced in February 2010, leading
car hire company, Avis has signed a pre-order for 500 Electric Vehicles from
Renault.

• Avis customers will be able to hire Renault Fluence ZE and Renault Kangoo
Express ZE in 7 countries from the end of 2011.

Avis will offer its customers the chance to experience driving an electric vehicle for hire in the
following countries: France, Spain, United Kingdom, Germany, Italy, Belgium, and Portugal.
Pascal Bazin, Chief Executive Officer for Avis Europe, explains: "At Avis, we're committed to
providing customers with choice when it comes to mobility and our partnership with Renault is
another way in which we are fulfilling this commitment by expanding our fleet to include electric
vehicles. The vehicles complement our existing mobility offer, providing an alternative to
traditional car hire that will benefit both business and leisure customers who are concerned
about their impact on the environment."

Senior Vice President, Renault Corporate Sales Division, Uwe Hochgeschurtz, adds: "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."

Renault has just revealed the first two production models of its electric vehicle range: Kangoo
Express ZE, a light commercial vehicle, and Fluence ZE, a family sedan.
Renault's range of electric vehicles will later be extended by two new cars, exclusively designed
for electrical power:

- Renault Twizy, a nimble and practical electric vehicle for city motoring (2 seats – 4 wheels)

- Renault ZOE, a compact and flexible hatchback for everyday use.

The Renault electric vehicles join Avis's already extensive eco mobility offering. Each car on the
Avis fleet is typically only six months old, to ensure maximum fuel efficiency, whilst the average
CO2 emissions for cars purchased in 2009 was just 144.6g CO2/Km. The company also offers
hundreds of vehicles which run on fuels other than petrol or diesel, while both leisure and
business customers have the option to offset their carbon emissions prior to their journey.
With a long history of environmental awareness, Avis has offset more than 156,000 tonnes of
CO2 since 1997 by investing in a host of environmental initiatives such as renewable energy,
methane capture projects and tree planting, which mean the company has been
CarbonNeutral® accredited for more than a decade.

For more information about Avis, its green fleet and its environmental credentials, please visit
avis-europe.com and avis-greenerworld.com.

For more information about Renault and its future electric range, please visit Renault.com.


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      • 4 Years Ago
      Google never stop impressing me with great new webtools.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Firefox has been getting too buggy.
      However there is no way I will allow Google to control and destroy any privacy.
      So I tested another version, based on the same source code which could run all Chrome extensions whose name excapes me - it was on my main machine, currently having motherboard problems.
      So I am installing and testing this:
      http://maketecheasier.com/iron-browser-a-secure-alternative-to-google-chrome/2009/07/08

      For search I do not allow Google cookies.
      To save preferences whilst having google cookies deleted I have on speed dial google advanced search set to a search for the letter 'a'.
      So I just click on it then delete the 'a', which avoids my having to allow a cookie.
        • 4 Years Ago
        David, there is a bit of foam on your lips..
        • 4 Years Ago
        @Joe:
        'However, as Google points out, if you log into a Google Account and Google's Web History tracking is activated, your online activity will still be recorded there. Also, your ISP still records all of your activity and so do many of the online advertising networks.

        Having an incognito mode in your browser is great if you just want to hide some of your online activity at home (I'm sure you can come up with your own reasons why you would want to do that). These modes, however, don't really help you if you really want to be anonymous on the net. After all, we just learned that Google's promise to anonymize your data after 18 months is a bit of a joke.'
        http://www.readwriteweb.com/archives/browsing_in_private_incognito.php

        Iron seems to work fine, and avoids part of the snoops.
        The other part is using a proxy such as Tor:
        http://www.torproject.org/
        • 4 Years Ago
        Yeah, 'Don't be Evil' indeed!
        Brought to you by the masters of the Matrix.
        • 4 Years Ago
        How did this get threadjacked into a Google discussion???

        :-P

        That open source browser that can use Chrome extension is probably based on Chromium (which is from Google).

        Google doesn't really strike me as violating privacy. They are kings of integration. And they try their best to live up to their motto of "not being evil".

        They defend a free internet in China. And they have "Incognito Mode".

        David, Incognito mode allows you to browse without cookies, history, auto-fill, etc.
      • 4 Years Ago
      I've used Tor for years. When in countries where ISPs actually restrict internet browsing.

      It does help.

      But being an IT security guy myself... I know that privacy is always more illusion than reality. The best way to be anonymous, is to not have anything to hide. There is ALWAYS a way to trace you and know where you've been. Sometimes it takes subpoenas for the ISP and certain routing nodes. But it is always possible.

      *I am pretty sure that whenever I install Chrome, it asks me if I want history tracking enabled. I use it because I use multiple computers, and I like the fact that it syncs bookmarks, themes, and extensions... and history. So when I change systems, browsing seem to be no different.
      • 4 Years Ago
      @Joe:
      Other countries are allowing commercial vehicles the subsidy. France certainly is for one. For the UK with the London congestion charge it will be economical in that area anyway, so I can't see Avis or Renault bothering to offer a further discount.

      Google Chrome currency converter: smartass! ;-)
      • 4 Years Ago
      Unfotunately in the UK commercial vehicles are not eligible for the £5000 subsidy, so they are rather expensive and presumably this will be reflected in their hire charge.
      They could still make sense in London with it's £10/day congestion charge though, and the Fluence obviously gets the subsidy.
      Since the UK is to host the Nissan car factory in Europe, the biggest push is likely to come from them though.
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        • 4 Years Ago
        Joe, what extension is that? It sounds quite useful.

        Thank you
        • 4 Years Ago
        BTW, i am loving this new Google Chrome extension that automatically converts currency as long as you put the £ symbol in the right place like you did. It gives me USD$... :)
        • 4 Years Ago
        Although government subsidies may be excluded. Renault may provide Avis with these BEVs at a reduced price to equal to or more that what the subsidy would have done.

        Why? Because, as a rental company, they provide additional market testing and customer recognition. "A billboard is worth a 1000 words".

        500 BEVs is a small number for Renault who plans on several thousand to be built over the years.

        Either way, Avis will probably charge a slightly higher rate for renting BEVs, much like hybrids did (and still do). Primarily because of increased demand and low supply.

        But it should not be an extraordinary premium over diesel and gas models.
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