Unable to spring for the down payment and lease on an all-new Nissan Leaf? The Nissan electric vehicle is coming soon to select Enterprise Rent-A-Car locations, if you want to take a spin.
The Leaf will join Enterprise in January and be first offered in eight cities across the United States, primarily in the West. Come 2011, Enterprise customers in Los Angeles, Phoenix, Portland, San Diego, Seattle, and Tucson will be able to sign rental agreements and try out the Nissan EV. On the other side of the Mississippi, Enterprise locations in Knoxville and Nashville will be home to the first Leaf rentals. Nissan has already earmarked 500 of the electric cars for Enterprise duty.
If the aforementioned rental locations look somewhat familiar, it's because the Leaf's initial launch markets are the exact same states. Customers from Arizona, California, Oregon, Tennessee, and Washington will take first delivery in December, and over half of the 17,000 total Leaf reservations came from these five states. Hawaii and Texas will be the sixth and seventh launch locations, respectively, and receive the all-electric vehicles in January. Assuming Enterprise sees favorable rent rates, we can reasonably expect more of the potentially game-changing EVs to hit Enterprise lots once the Leaf becomes widely available by the end of 2011.
We don't yet know how much Enterprise is planning on charging for a Leaf rental, but we have learned the amount the rental company will pay for each EV: $25,280. The sum is the base price ($32,780) minus a federal tax credit ($7500), the same price-marketing method used with the general public. Electric charging stations will be installed at 100 Enterprise brick-and-mortars starting November.
Back in February, Hertz also announced the Leaf would be a part of its future. The Leaf reaches Hertz desks in the first quarter of 2011.
Source: Detroit Free Press