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Paris launches world's biggest e-bike fleet to curb pollution

Up to 20K bicycles will go on long-term rentals at 40 euros per month

Up to 20,000 bicycles will go on long-term rentals at 40 euros per month.

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Arcimoto is opening first rental center for its three-wheeled EV

An experience center in Eugene, Oregon, opens Oct. 27

An experience center in Eugene, Oregon, opens on October 27.

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Zipcar tests pay-per-mile pricing system for short trips

The car-sharing company is looking into a cheaper option for those quick errands.

Want a Zipcar for just a few miles? It's possible in some test markets in the US.

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Car2go finds huge customer base waiting in China

Over 78,000 use the little Smart Cars in Chongqing after just two months.

Car2go says that it is growing faster in its first location in Asia than it did in North America or Europe.

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Enterprise adds Aston Martin DB9, Rapide S to rental fleet

Enterprise is adding the Aston Martin DB9 and Rapide S to its Exotic Car Collection at locations across America.

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Audi pours $28 million into Silvercar rental company

Audi is investing $28 million into Silvercar, a rental company that exclusively stocks fully loaded silver Audis at airports and cities across the United States.

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Fiat 500e comes with free extra cars (well, rentals)

Bigger trips + little electric car, = no problem. That's the message Fiat is sending with a new announcement of an agreement to offer gas-powered rentals to range-anxiety-stricken road-trippers.

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Toyota kicks off year with sharply increased fleet sales

Toyota can attribute much of its uptick in sales last month to fleets. While the automaker saw its sales leap by 7.5 percent compared to a year earlier, Newsday.com reports Toyota sold 47 percent more cars and trucks to fleet customers in the U.S. than in January 2011. Without the fleet sales, the improvement would have been less than one percent. All told, rental companies accounted for 93 percent of the automaker's fleet sales in January, with the remainder going to other organizations.

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Better Place signs deal with rental company in Israel

If you want to try out one of Better Place's electric vehicles, you'd have to move to a country where the project is establishing its infrastructure or else wait for it to come to your neighborhood. At least that's how it was looking until now. Because the latest announcement from the electric-vehicle startup has us booking our tickets for Tel Aviv's Ben Gurion International Airport.

Europcar to add Opel Ampera to fleet of rental vehicles

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.

REPORT: Prepare to shell out a lot more for your next rental car

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Rental agencies having a hard time upgrading customers

There has been a longstanding tradition among car rental agencies to push renters up to bigger, more expensive models. Not that it was all that difficult to do, considering that Americans tend to prefer larger vehicles when all other aspects are equal. Now, though, not all of those aspects are equal, as bigger vehicles are usually thirstier vehicles and the renter is required to return the vehicle with a full tank of gas. So, the act of stepping up to a Hemi-powered Dodge Charger from a four-ban

San Francisco helps you hire a hybrid

Have you been planning on flying into San Francisco and renting a car to get around? The folks down at city hall would prefer that your rental be a hybrid and they are willing to help you pay for it. The free money for making a more environmentally-friendly car rental choice will come in the form of a $15 rebate which ought to be enough for a latte and a croissant or three a couple of gallons of gas.

Paris "about to launch" a cheap rental service featuring 2,000 electric cars

The Times reports, the Mayor of Paris is "about to launch" Bertrand Delanöe, a rental system that includes a whopping 2,000 electric cars. The system is based on Automobiles-en-Libre-Service, which allow subscribers to pick up a car, without booking, at dozens of sites and leave them anywhere in the city. The cost of the system is just a few euros per hour which has gained the scheme the nickname Voiturelib or free car. Two electric cars are being considered: the Blue Car project, a three-s

GM: battery rental payments weekly, might cost the same as gas

We told you GM plans to sell you the Volt and rent the battery to keep costs down. We have a few more details on the plan from Nick Reilly, the president of General Motors Asia Pacific, at the APEC summit in Australia. Nick says the payments will be weekly and cost about the same as gas. So, the operating costs for the Volt won't be much different than a normal gas car. I wonder why they went for weekly payments? Anyway, here are the comments:

Ford plans to cut rental sales again in 2008

Speaking with Automotive News, George Pipas, a Ford sales analyst, explained that the automaker will continue to cut its sales to rental fleets in 2008, but not to the extent that it did this year. In 2007, FoMoCo decreased the amount of vehicles offloaded to rental lots by 30-percent, or 135,000 units.

GM: Buy the Volt, rent the battery?

To keep the price of the Volt low, GM is considering renting the battery. I guess that explains the use of the term "consumer cost" when Lutz said the Volt would cost under $30,000. I have to admit, GM is planning some innovative things. I thought the series hybrid was innovative enough. Now renting parts of cars? This might change everything.

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