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Electric sedan headed for US car rental market

Enterprise Rent-A-Car has announced that it will offer Coda Sedans at some US rental locations.

The announcement, made October 11, is likely to give a significant boost to the California-based electric vehicle manufacturer's model, which has been somewhat overshadowed by the Nissan Leaf and Chevrolet Volt.

For rental customers, the all-electric sedan will provide a larger alternative to the compact Nissan Leaf also available to rent from Enterprise, along with an expected driving range slightly longer than that of its Japanese rival.

One hundred of the vehicles will be rolled out to Enterprise US locations over the course of next year, with the company's sustainability director Lee Broughton saying that Enterprise hopes the EVs will "lift the veil" on electric vehicle technology for many customers.

Enterprise is just one of several companies planning to introduce electric vehicles to the rental market over the coming months.

Last week, European car rental agency Europcar announced that it would be renting Peugeot iOn and Citroen C-Zero vehicles next year, as well as installing EV charging infrastructure in 2,500 of its car hire offices around Europe.

The company had already ordered 500 Renault vehicles in the shape of the Fluence Z.E. and Kangoo Z.E.

Avis also has a deal with Renault-Nissan and Hertz has confirmed that it will offer the Nissan Leaf.