Car hire giant Enterprise is set to launch electric car hire at a selected number of outlets in the US from the beginning of next year.
The electric powered eco-friendly Nissan Leaf will be offered to car rental customers from eight different locations across the US from 2011.
The Nissan Leaf has a charge range of 100 miles and Enterprise is in the process of installing charge stations at a number of its hire centres in preparation for the launch of their electric hire cars in the New Year.
Eight different locations across the US have been singled out to offer the electric hire car service. To begin with Enterprise will offer the Nissan Leaf from the following locations, Phoenix, Nashville, Tucson, Knoxville, and San Diego and Los Angeles.
Locations in Portland and Seattle will be able to offer customers the use of the 5-door hatchback version of the electric car.
Enterprise has chosen to roll out the service in a small number of its centres to start with as it wants to ensure its staff are fully trained in the use of the electric cars so they can advise customers competently.
As more electric cars are launched by different car makers, Enterprise plans to add different models to its fleet, at more locations across the country.