Geneva Motor Show 2011: Rental firms sign up for electric cars
Wednesday 02 March 2011
Two of Europe's largest car rental firms have confirmed electric vehicle tie-ups with automakers at the Geneva Motor Show.
Avis confirmed March 1 that it will rent electric models in France from autumn this year, in partnership with French automaker Citroen which produces the C-Zero.
The cars will be rolled out to the rest of Europe next year, Avis said, also promising that the vehicles would be offered at an attractive price.
Fellow French automaker Renault, meanwhile, confirmed March 2 that it had signed a deal with Hertz to offer its electric vehicles across Europe.
Hertz will rent the Renault Fluence Z.E., Kangoo Z.E. and the forthcoming Twizy and ZOE through Hertz branches and its car sharing club Connect by Hertz, becoming one of the first rental operators to take up the new models.
A total of 500 new cars will be added to Hertz's European fleet from the beginning of 2012, although Hertz already offers electric rental vehicles in some markets such as the US, so it's possible that electric cars from another automaker could arrive sooner.
Rental and car-sharing services are expected to play a key role in the uptake of electric vehicles in the coming years, providing drivers with the first chance to experience driving a non-gasoline car.
The Geneva Motor Show is open to the public March 3 - 13 in Geneva, Switzerland.
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