American car rental giant Enterprise Rent-A-Car has confirmed it will be the first company to offer Chevrolet Volt extended-range electric vehicles for daily and weekly rentals.
Volt vehicles will be available at the Mark Christopher Auto Centre in Ontario, California, along with a new charging station.
“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 electric vehicle.”
Additional vehicles 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.
“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.
Electric vehicles 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 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 vehicle - like the Volt - can travel further due to an on-board gas-powered generator.