You'd have to be living under a rock to not notice the tremendous amount of buzz building around electric cars. And With electric cars like the Nissan LEAF and plug-in hybrids like the Chevy Volt set to hit showroom floors later this year, that buzz will soon materialize into a desire to get behind the wheel of these new electric wonders. Potential consumers have a fair amount of questions and concerns about diving head-first into an EV -- and rightfully so.
Sure you can read up on them. And when they finally do hit participating dealers in the launch areas, you might even be able to line up a test drive. If you're super lucky you might even be able to take one home for the night as an extended test drive. But even then, will you really have all your questions about charging, charging stations and range answered? Perhaps not. So for those who really want to get to know their EV before buying, they can try renting them.
Enterprise Rent-A-Car has entered into an agreement with Nissan to purchase 500 Nissan LEAF electric vehicles and rent them in 8 to 15 of the LEAF launch markets, according to several reports. Cities where you will be able to rent the LEAF from Enterprise include Portland, Phoenix, Tucson, Knoxville, Nashville, San Diego, Los Angeles and Seattle.
So even if you don't live in a LEAF launch market and you've got a burning desire to get behind one for a few days, make plans to go see that potential client, cousin, or old college friend who's been bugging you to visit. Just make sure that your schedule isn't so busy that you don't have time to tool around in it for several hours. Because from what I've heard so far, you will want to.