US car rental firm confirms EV rental by 2011

Enterprise Rent-A-Car is to offer electric vehicles in the US from January 2011, the firm confirmed July 27, following competitors Europcar, Avis and Hertz.

Enterprise Rent-A-Car initially will offer electric vehicles to customers across eight different markets where the infrastructure exists to support the vehicles, including Phoenix and Tucson, Arizona; Knoxville and Nashville, Tennessee; San Diego; Los Angeles; Portland, Oregon; and Seattle.

From this November, it will also begin installing charging stations in select locations, including the branches where it operates hybrid vehicles.

Hertz announced in February that it would offer the LEAF for rental in Europe and the US from early 2011, while Avis said that it would also rent vehicles from the Renault-Nissan alliance (presumably the LEAF).

In March Europcar opted for Renault-made vehicles, saying that it will offer electric versions of the Renault Fluence Z.E. and the Renault Kangoo Z.E. from 2011, followed by the Renault Zoe Z.E. in 2012.

Although there was no confirmation of the color, statistics released by Nissan July 27 suggested that LEAF owners prefer blue for their vehicles - more than 30 percent of reservations to date have been for the blue model, followed by silver at 26 percent and the remainder split evenly between red, black and white.