If you happen to be in New York City next week and have always wanted to drive an electrified Smart Fortwo, then you may be in luck. Hertz Rental Car will begin offering the zero emissions Smart Fortwo Electric Drive on December 15 to customers not looking to do a whole lot of driving.
Fleets in Washington D.C will offer the cars soon after during the first quarter of 2011. San Francisco rental locations are scheduled to take delivery of a yet undisclosed number of Fortwo EDs in 2011's second quarter.
If there is any car ready for electrified motivation it is the tiny Smart with its nimble chassis, tiny dimensions, and city-dwelling character. We recently drove one in Brooklyn, New York and noted that once underway, it was a peppy ubran cruiser.
A single full charge range is estimated to be around 84 miles. Plug its 16.5 kWh lithium-ion battery pack into a 220 volt outlet and it'll regain between 20 % and 80% power in only 3.5 hours. A full charge, though, takes 8 hours. Top speed is a paltry 62 mph.
Smart is already leasing the Fortwo Electric Drive in limited numbers to certain corporations and well-heeled individuals, but has plans to introduce it on a widespread scale in 2012 as a 2013 model.
Hertz is looking to add and rent various GM, Mitsubishi, Coda Automotive, and Toyota hybrid and electric vehicles to its portfolio in the coming years. Competitor Enterprise Rent-A-Car isn't looking to be outdone and will take delivery of 500 Nissan Leafs for its nationwide fleet.
Source: Hertz, The Detroit News