Enterprise First With Chevy Volt Rental

Among the rental car companies Hertz has been making the most noise lately about getting electric vehicles (EVs) into its fleet, but Enterprise just managed a little coup: The company said it will be first to offer the Chevy Volt extended-range EV for rental. Enterprise said daily and weekly rental will be available beginning later this month at the Mark Christopher Auto Center in Ontario, Calif., where a new charging station is also going in.

As the company suggested, it could make for a good opportunity for gasoline-car drivers who are maybe a bit EV-curious to explore going over to the other side. “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,” said Jeff Morrell, vice president of Enterprise Rent-A-Car.

Chevy Volt, General Motors

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Enterprise isn’t focused exclusively on the Volt. As we reported last July, it also plans to have 500 Nissan Leafs available at select Enterprise locations nationwide, with on-site charging stations to support the vehicles. In fact, the company said, charging stations already have been installed at Enterprise offices in Los Angeles, San Diego and Santa Monica, Calif.

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Pete Danko is a writer and editor based in Portland, Oregon. His work has appeared in Breaking Energy, National Geographic's Energy Blog, The New York Times, San Francisco Chronicle and elsewhere.


  • Reply January 18, 2011


    I’m sure it will a hit

  • Reply January 23, 2011


    Super cool

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