Last March, rental agency Europcar, pre-ordered 500 electric vehicles from Renault to add to its fleets in Europe, Australia and New Zealand. Now, Europcar is back at it again. This time 'round, the rental agency has announced that it will add an undisclosed amount of the "go anywhere at any time" Opel Amperas to its fleet.
Mercedes-Benz and Europcar, a Paris-based automotive rental company owned by French investment firm Eurazeo, have teamed up to offer commercial electric van rentals to customers on a trial basis in Hamburg, Germany and Paris by the end of 2011. The deal calls for M-B to supply Europcar with a "double-digit number" of Vito E-Cell electric vans. M-B says that:
A few weeks ago, we saw Paris announce its Autolib car sharing program, and now Hamburg, Germany is going to get a similar program. Daimler and Europcar has announced a joint venture, Car2go Hamburg GmbH – an expansion of Daimler's Car2go services in Ulm, Germany and Austin, TX – will launch in the spring of 2011. The fleet will initially consist of 300 Smart Fortwo Car2go edition models outfitted with carsharing telematics and a solar roof and will be expanded based on demand.
Avis isn't the only rental car company interested in Renault's electric vehicles (EVs). Europcar announced last fall that it would work with the Renault-Nissan alliance to put EVs into the rental fleet in Europe (and Australia and New Zealand) sometime in 2010. The rental agency has now pre-ordered 500 EVs from Renault and says they will be delivered to fleets in Europe's largest cities sometime in third quarter of 2011. So, later than expected but still moving forward.
The story of the Paris' easy EV rental project, dubbed Autolib', is not a bed of roses. First of all, there were continuous delays announcing the specifics of the service. Finally, we found out it would consist of 3,000 cars that will be available 24/7 at a cost of €5 per half an hour. Now, the biggest problem is a legal complaint by Europcar that states that before the city of Paris announced the Autolib' service, Europcar had already registered a brand called Autoliberté (Autofree
Hey look, another new Renault-Nissan partnership to promote EVs. Today, a new alliance with Europcar was announced that will make electric vehicles available for customer rentals starting in 2010. The car will first be available in Europe (specifically, France, Germany, Belgium, Spain, Italy, Portugal and the United Kingdom) as well as Australia and New Zealand. Further expansions are already on the drawing board. Europcar says it wants to become the first major rent-a-car company to offer EVs.
Are you traveling to Paris in the near future? Do you want to rent a car? Europcar and Aéroports de Paris have announced that during the Sustainable Development Week (until April 7th), car rentals for E85-compatible vehicles will be discounted 20 percent. The available vehicles include the Ford Focus and the Ford C-Max flexifuel, but only when picked up at any of Paris airports (Orly and Charles de Gaulle). On top of the 20 rental fee discount, fuel costs will be lowered as well: E85 in F