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Enterprise Rent-a Car, Hertz and Avis have all revealed plans to offer plug-in vehicle rentals to the public. Hertz and Enterprise signed deals to offer the Nissan Leaf and Avis agreed to a two-car pact with Renault. More recently, Enterprise added the Coda Sedan to its list of upcoming available plug-in vehicles and, according to the rental agency's latest release, it will soon offer customers the opportunity to rent – by the day or even for an entire week – the Chevrolet Volt.

Enterprise will apparently be the first car rental agency to place Volts on its lots. By the end of this month, the Volt will be available at Enterprise's Mark Christopher Auto Center (MCAC) in Ontario, CA. In preparation for the plug-ins' arrival, Enterprise will install a charging station at the MCAC site. At this time, there's no word on rental rates, but we'd have to assume that, regardless of cost, the lone Volt will be in high demand and that reservations will probably be required far in advance.


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  • The Chevrolet Volt "Freedom Drive" across the country concludes at Pier 92 during the annual Macy's Independence Day fireworks display over the Hudson River in New York, Sunday, July 4, 2010. The "Freedom Drive" began four days and 1.776 miles ago in Austin, Texas where Chevrolet announced New York, New Jersey, Connecticut and Texas would join Michigan, California and Washington, D.C. as launch sites for the Volt later this year. (Photo by Emile Wamsteker for Chevrolet)
  • The Chevrolet Volt "Freedom Drive" across the country concludes at Pier 92 during the annual Macy's Independence Day fireworks display over the Hudson River in New York, Sunday, July 4, 2010. The "Freedom Drive" began four days and 1.776 miles ago in Austin, Texas where Chevrolet announced New York, New Jersey, Connecticut and Texas would join Michigan, California and Washington, D.C. as launch sites for the Volt later this year. (Photo by Emile Wamsteker for Chevrolet)
  • Chevrolet announces Thursday, July 1, 2010 it is adding Texas, New York, New Jersey, and Connecticut to the launch markets for the Volt electric vehicle. The retail launch in Texas and New York will begin with Austin and New York City in late 2010. The balance of Texas and New York, as well as New Jersey and Connecticut, are scheduled to begin receiving Volts in early 2011. The Chevrolet Volt (pictured here) in front of the Texas State Capital in Austiin, Texas Wednesday, June 30, 2010. (Photo by Steven Noreyko for Chevrolet)
  • Chevrolet announces Thursday, July 1, 2010 it is adding Texas, New York, New Jersey, and Connecticut to the launch markets for the Volt electric vehicle. The retail launch in Texas and New York will begin with Austin and New York City in late 2010. The balance of Texas and New York, as well as New Jersey and Connecticut, are scheduled to begin receiving Volts in early 2011. The Chevrolet Volt (pictured here) in front of the Texas State Capital in Austiin, Texas Wednesday, June 30, 2010. (Photo by Steven Noreyko for Chevrolet)
  • A pre-production Chevrolet Volt passes a trolley while navigating the steep climbs of the San Francisco Bay area while on an engineering development drive Saturday, April 25, 2010 in San Francisco, California The Volt will be available in California during the last quarter of 2010. (Photo by Martin Klimek for Chevrolet)
  • A pre-production Chevrolet Volt drives near the Golden Gate Bridge while on an engineering development drive in San Francisco, California Saturday, April 25, 2010. The Volt will be available in California during the last quarter of 2010. (Photo by Martin Klimek for Chevrolet)
  • A pre-production Chevrolet Volt navigates the steep climbs of the San Francisco Bay area while on an engineering development drive Saturday, April 25, 2010 in San Francisco, California The Volt will be available in California during the last quarter of 2010. (Photo by Martin Klimek for Chevrolet)
  • The new Chevrolet Volt electric vehicle with extended range on display at Columbia University on Earth Day, Thursday, April 22, 2010 in New York, NY. (Photo by Todd Plitt for Chevrolet)
  • The new Chevrolet Volt electric vehicle with extended range drives through campus at Columbia University on Earth Day, Thursday, April 22, 2010 in New York, NY. (Photo by Todd Plitt for Chevrolet)
  • The new Chevrolet Volt electric vehicle with extended range drives through campus at Columbia University on Earth Day, Thursday, April 22, 2010 in New York, NY. (Photo by Todd Plitt for Chevrolet)
  • The Chevrolet Volt �Freedom Drive� across the country continues in Fairfax, Virginia Saturday, July 3, 2010 as the Volt participates in the annual Independence Day Parade. The Volt, an electric vehicle with extended range. will finish its four-day, 1,776 mile route in New York City on Sunday. (Photo by Mark Finkenstaedt for Chevrolet)
  • The Chevrolet Volt �Freedom Drive� across the country continues in Fairfax, Virginia Saturday, July 3, 2010 as the Volt participates in the annual Independence Day Parade. The Volt, an electric vehicle with extended range. will finish its four-day, 1,776 mile route in New York City on Sunday. (Photo by Mark Finkenstaedt for Chevrolet)
  • The Chevrolet Volt �Freedom Drive� across the country continues in Fairfax, Virginia Saturday, July 3, 2010 as the Volt participates in the annual Independence Day Parade. The Volt, an electric vehicle with extended range. will finish its four-day, 1,776 mile route in New York City on Sunday. (Photo by Mark Finkenstaedt for Chevrolet)
  • A pre-production Chevrolet Volt electric vehicle with extended range travels around Pier 92 during a media test drive in New York, NY on Monday, March 29, 2010. (Photo by Steve Fecht for Chevrolet) (3/29/2010)
  • A pre-production Chevrolet Volt electric vehicle with extended range travels around Pier 92 during a media test drive in New York, NY on Monday, March 29, 2010. (Photo by Steve Fecht for Chevrolet) (3/29/2010)
  • The first pre-production Chevrolet Volt rolls off the line at the Detroit-Hamtramck manufacturing plant Wednesday, March 31, 2010 in Detroit, Michigan. The pre-production versions of the Volt will not be sold at dealerships, but will be used to assure all steps in the production system will meet the quality targets set by the Volt engineering team. (Photo by John F. Martin for Chevrolet) (04/01/2010)
  • A Chevrolet Volt battery at the General Motors Global Battery Systems Lab in Warren, Michigan Wednesday, June 30, 2010. The Chevrolet Volt will offer customers an unprecedented standard 8 year/100,000 mile warranty on its lithium-ion battery. GM engineers have completed more than 1 million miles and 4 million hours of validation battery testing since 2007. Each Volt battery pack has nine modules and 288 cells. GM designed and engineered 99 percent of the 155 components in each battery. (Photo by John F. Martin for Chevrolet)

[Source: Enterprise Holdings]

PRESS RELEASE

Enterprise Rent-A-Car To Offer Chevrolet Volt


Enterprise Continues to Provide Opportunities to Test Drive New EV Technology

Jan. 6, 2011 (St. Louis)– Enterprise Rent-A-Car announced today that it will be the first to offer Chevrolet Volt extended-range electric vehicles (EVs) for daily and weekly rentals later this month. The Volt vehicles – the "2011 Motor Trend Car of the Year®" – will be available at the Mark Christopher Auto Center in Ontario, Calif., along with a new charging station.

There are more than 5,000 Enterprise Rent-A-Car neighborhood and airport offices, including the Mark Christopher Auto Center site, located within 15 miles of 90 percent of the U.S. population. As Enterprise Rent-A-Car continues to add EVs and plug-in hybrid electric vehicles throughout its network, more customers will have an opportunity to try the new technology for consideration of purchase, out of curiosity, or to choose an environmentally friendly car rental option. It also gives customers a chance to learn more about the charging process.

"Purchase demand for electric vehicles has been impressive, and we anticipate similar demand from rental customers," said Jeff Morrell, vice president of Enterprise Rent-A-Car. "Making the Volt available will provide an extended test drive for curious customers, for those with cars being serviced and for those interested in possibly purchasing an EV."

Additional EVs will be offered at other Enterprise locations as manufacturers make them available. For example, 500 Nissan LEAFs will be available at select Enterprise locations nationwide, and on-site charging stations will be installed to support the vehicles. Charging stations already have been installed at Enterprise offices in Los Angeles, San Diego and Santa Monica, Calif.

EVs can be charged using a standard 110-volt home outlet, or a 220-volt home or public charger, or 480-volt commercial "fast" charging station. Most EVs can travel about 100 miles on a single charge, accommodating the travel habits of the daily commuter, who drives an average of approximately 40 miles a day. However, an extended-range EV like the Volt can travel further due to an on-board gas-powered generator.

"By embracing new, clean fuel and engine technologies like electric vehicles, Enterprise can help the passenger vehicle remain relevant by giving alternatives a chance to become commercially successful," said Lee Broughton, director of sustainability for Enterprise Holdings, which owns and operates Enterprise Rent-A-Car, along with the Alamo Rent A Car and National Car Rental brands.

"We're committed to using our fleet and industry-leading network as a sort of 'petri dish' to promote new alternatives and prove their feasibility in the marketplace," Broughton noted.

The introduction of EVs to the Enterprise Holdings fleet is just one facet of the industry's most comprehensive environmental sustainability platform, and a part of the company's broader, long-term strategy to embrace alternative technologies and bring viable solutions to the marketplace. With annual revenues of $12.6 billion and more than 68,000 employees, Enterprise Holdings owns and operates, through its regional subsidiaries, more than 1 million cars and trucks, making it the largest car rental company in the world measured by revenue, employees and fleet. Enterprise Holdings is ranked No. 17 on the Forbes "Top 500 Private Companies in America" list.

"Our partnership with Enterprise is all about providing the best possible service," said Chris Leggio, president of Mark Christopher Auto Center. "The Volt incorporates brand-new vehicle technology. So, as our customers become familiar with the vehicles, we're excited that Enterprise can offer the Volt for rental, providing a seamless and convenient customer service experience at our facility."

About Enterprise Rent-A-Car

Founded in 1957, Enterprise Rent-A-Car is an internationally recognized brand operating in the United States, Canada, the U.K., Ireland and Germany. Known for exceptionally low rates and outstanding customer service, Enterprise was named to BusinessWeek's annual list of "Customer Service Champs" in 2007, 2008, 2009 and 2010. Enterprise has ranked highest in customer satisfaction among North American airport rentals in 10 of the past 11 years, according to J.D. Power and Associates Rental Car Satisfaction Study. In addition, Enterprise won Budget Travel magazine's 2010 Readers' Choice Award as their favorite rental car brand for customer service around the globe. Enterprise also received a 2010 Business Traveler Innovation Award – sponsored by the National Business Travel Association (NBTA) and The Wall Street Journal – for its outstanding and original environmental efforts in the travel industry.

Enterprise Rent-A-Car offers a wide variety of car leasing, vanpooling, car sharing and hourly rental programs – and local car rental customers are picked up at no extra cost. With a well-established track record for making "virtual cars" convenient and affordable for those who prefer to "buy for the need and rent for the exception," Enterprise Rent-A-Car launched hourly rentals in 2005 and local car-sharing in 2007 as a natural extension of its business rental program and longtime focus on customized service in communities. With WeCar car-sharing technology, Enterprise offers a totally automated, membership-based and environmentally friendly transportation solution – for an hour, a day, a weekend or longer – thereby providing businesses, universities and government offices an opportunity to enhance their fleet management operations and sustainability initiatives. In addition, Enterprise Rideshare specializes in providing vanpool and carpool commuter services to individuals and companies. For more information about Enterprise, visit http://www.enterprise.com/. This news release and other Enterprise Rent-A-Car announcements are available at the Enterprise Holdings press room.


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      • 6 Months Ago
      Like Jason M., I think that the vast majority of renters will be people who have heard about and are interested in EV's. You can bet that all the local media outlets will be doing a story at the local rent-a-car outfit when the first ones come to town.
      Where I live, this may be my first opportunity to test drive one and I will gladly pay a premium to tool around in it for a day!
      • 6 Months Ago
      i have just rented a Volt from Simply Hybrid in Los Angeles, nice and smooth but run of battery charge in the FWY since it took 2 hours to drive 33 miles !!!
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      • 6 Months Ago
      In general, for car owners, a car battery is used for 1-2 years if it is well maintenance. However, many people have to replace it just for 3-4 months. This is a trouble for those car owners. In fact, you need to check and maintain the car battery on a regular basis, and then it will let its service lifespan longer. Of course, if you charge it improperly, it will damage the capacity and voltage. More information from Leoch International http://www.leoch.com
      • 6 Months Ago
      I bet there will be long lines to take one home for a day or two, just to see what it's like. I think the downside is that rental car agencies likely won't review the features with the drivers well enough, leaving them confused as to how to operate many of the touchscreen functions, etc.

      I bet the rental agencies will be glad not to have to maintain the brakes as frequently.
      • 6 Months Ago
      Where & when? I want to rent one and check it out.
        • 6 Months Ago
        Per the article, it's Ontario, CA - metro Los Angeles

        There are a number of "free" / EV parking spots with EV charging available, so this is potentially feasible within LA.
        • 6 Months Ago
        I may hire a Leaf for the day when they are about, just for fun, but not the Volt.
      • 6 Months Ago
      When I hire a car, I am normally going to do a high mileage. I'd get a diesel if I needed that size of car, as the Volt is most economical over relatively short distances.
        • 6 Months Ago
        Yeah.. a diesel car or a true hybrid would be better.

        As a rental car, i don't see how the Volt makes sense for many situations.
        Who's gonna pay out the nose to rent a car that will only save you money during short trips?

        I'm sure it would cost quite a bit more to rent than a Prius, Insight, or Diesel car. Then it'd only return you mid 30mpg on the highway after the battery is depleted.
        • 6 Months Ago
        "Who's gonna pay out the nose to rent a car that will only save you money during short trips?"

        People who flew to their destination, and only need a car to get around town.

        I can see this being very popular where I live. Fly in, pick up the car and drive downtown, park (charge at hotel). Use the car for sightseeing, park (charge in city garage). Drive car to airport, leave town never having had to buy a drop of gas or worry about finding a gas station.

        Long trips, no - I'd rent something else. Rent for use around town - perfect.
        • 6 Months Ago
        There's nothing economical about renting specialty cars from companies. They always charge more than the regular rates, whereas if you rent a normal car you invariably pay even less than the regular rates.

        You could save some fuel, but money-wise you'd come out behind with any specialty car.
        • 6 Months Ago
        As a rental car, it's like renting the Hertz Mustang.
      • 6 Months Ago
      Enterpirse's "green" identity within the rental car industry will definitely be reinforced by this purchase of Chevrolet Volt vehicles. Hopefully one day, the hydrogen vehicle that we are working on at the University of Waterloo, as a part of the EcoCAR Challenge will available for rental as well. To learn more about our vehicle visit www.uwaft.com.
        • 6 Months Ago
        Thanks for your work on H2, but...

        I'm going to discourage you from posting *anything* H2-related in a non-H2 article.

        (The natives get agitated)
      • 6 Months Ago
      I'm surprised people aren't saying how a Volt rental car sale is destroying the brand...
        • 6 Months Ago
        Enterprise rents all kinds of vehicles.
        • 6 Months Ago
        My local rental agency (Budget) has Lincolns, Mercurys, Chevys, Fords, Toyotas, Mazdas, and Hyundais.

        Rental fleets aren't the abysmal wasteland they used to be.

        Anyway - this certainly fits into the "hero" rental as mentioned above. Like the Prius and Leaf rentals that are part of the "green" programs most rental agencies have.
      • 6 Months Ago
      Normally you have to return the vehicle with as much gas as you got it with. Do you have to return this with as much gas and electricity as you got it with?
        • 6 Months Ago
        Yes, you have to return the car with a full battery, and it's strictly enforced; meaning everyone who rents them is forbidden to actually drive them back, but the drivers have to return them on a flatbed AFTER they make sure the gas tank and battery are completly 100% full, no exceptions.



        Sarcasm off.

        But honestly, i have no idea what the answer to your question because i have not contacted any rental companies, but it seems more than reasonable to assume that you need to return the car with a full tank of gas, since that's the standard for every auto rental company that exists....and it would also be safe to assume that you do not need to return the car with a full battery, since that is impossible, unless you use a flatbed, which is rediculous, and won't happen.

        Seems obvious enough...
      • 6 Months Ago
      This bad news if GM has had to resort to dumping Volts onto rental fleets less than 1 month after the car went on sale.

        • 6 Months Ago
        Available at one Enterprise location is hardly dumping you ignorant tart.
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