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Enterprise to invest in growing electric fleet

Friday, July 15th, 2011

Enterprise Holdings has announced that it will be investing in growing its fleet of electrically powered vehicles as well as improving its infrastructure by upgrading facilities and introducing more charging stations. The car hire giant also said it was the first company in the US to introduce the Chevy Volt into its electric fleet.

Currently, Enterprise supplies customers with a range of EVs including the Nissan LEAF, the Mitsubishi i-MiEV and the Peugeot iOn. The company will be growing the number of electric vehicles available through its WeCar programme, business schemes and Enterprise branches in territories such as Seattle, San Francisco and Portland.

In a statement, Enterprise chairman and CEO Andrew Taylor said it was vital to the future of the car hire industry to keep vehicles economically viable and acceptable to the consumer. He added that 1.6 million vehicles are introduced by the industry every year, and the way in which those vehicles are powered is going to become increasingly important.

Lisa Martini, a company spokesperson, said Enterprise intended to use 5,500 branches around the US to introduce more customers to the latest alternative technology. She added that the introduction of more EVs would help Enterprise to become more environmentally friendly.

Over the coming five years, Enterprise is aiming to reduce the amount of energy it uses, along with related costs, by 20 per cent annually. By doing this, the firm said it would save around $50 million. As well as Enterprise Rent-A-Car, the firm operates the National and Alamo brands.

Hertz announces solar power plans

Friday, February 11th, 2011

Hertz, one of the world’s best known car hire brands, has announced a new initiative to introduce solar power to selected locations across the US. The plans involve retrofitting facilities with photovoltaic panels similar to the ones installed at the company’s outlet at Denver International Airport in December last year.

Currently there are plans to upgrade 16 locations with the intention of growing the initiative into the future. Hertz senior vice president, Richard Broome, pointed out that the company was continually striving to implement environmentally friendly practices. He said that it had already made large savings on the amount of water being used as well as supplying customers with the option to hire low-emission and electric vehicles.

Hertz has already announced plans to offer its customers the Chevrolet Volt, an electric car designed for extended journeys. The firm will also roll out the Nissan Leaf at a number of locations across Europe and the US as the cars become available, and Californian customers will be able to get their hands on the Coda EV early next year.

Rival car hire giant Enterprise is also aiming to offer more electric solutions. The Chevrolet Volt is already available, and the company will be introducing the Leaf and the Coda EV to its forecourts as soon as they are released.

Enterprise, owner of the Enterprise, National and Alamo brands has also committed itself to reducing its energy bills by around 20 per cent over the next five years. To this end, the firm has announced a $150 million investment plan.

Enterprise to add Nissan LEAF to its fleet

Tuesday, September 21st, 2010

Enterprise customers in a number of major US cities will soon be able to book the Nissan LEAF at their local dealership. Enterprise Rent-A-Car has ordered 500 of the electric vehicles and they will start entering the car hire company’s fleet in December. Initially, the vehicles will be rolled out in seven major markets where the infrastructure already exists for maintenance and charging.

In preparation for the introduction of the cars Enterprise has taken delivery of a test LEAF which it will take around selected outlets to educate staff and customers about the new technology. Lee Broughton, director of sustainability at Enterprise, said he felt there was still a great deal of mystery when it comes to electric vehicles.

Broughton added that by taking the Nissan LEAF out to the firm’s customers and employees he hoped some of that mystery would begin to evaporate. He went on to say that Enterprise was in a perfect position to show people the tremendous advantages to choosing an electric vehicle next time they rent.

On a single charge the Nissan LEAF can cover around 100 miles. This makes it an ideal commuter car. It is also the car of choice for those who wish to do their bit for the environment. The vehicle can be charged in several ways including through a customer’s home outlet, at a public outlet or at a special high-speed charging outlet.

Broughton said that with the introduction of the Nissan LEAF to the Enterprise fleet, the company was showing just how committed it was to allowing cleaner, more efficient technologies to prove themselves in the marketplace.

21% of all vehicle purchases will be electric by 2020

Friday, August 13th, 2010

As electric cars are becoming more mainstream, manufacturers have been doing more to encourage motorists to buy in to electric vehicles (EVs).

Consumer confidence is still mixed on the subject, and Nissan’s latest endeavor into the electric vehicle industry, the Nissan Leaf, has yet to earn customer feedback. According to a report, 21 per cent of all vehicles sold by 2020 will be electric-based. However, anaylsts at Eurotax Glass’s have said that manufacturers must do more to ensure motorists’ are confident that EVs will retain longevity and not depreciate faster than petrol-fueled cars.

The firm said further that hybrid cars are currently dominating the ‘green’ market and will continue to do so until 2019, when electric vehicle sales are expected to rise. Glass’s predicts that 2.4 million vehicles will be sold within the UK during 2020, and of those 11 per cent will be EVs.

However, the key issue remains that manufacturers will increasingly be met with tough targets to reduce overall emissions ratings for vehicles across the board. As these targets become more stringet, electric vehicle production will become increasingly popular. Andy Carroll, Managing director for Glass’s, said that a key issue for vehicle makers will be to get consumers to want to by electric and hybrid cars.

Mr Carroll also said that the industry will see an evolution towards learning how to estimate the residual value impact of improved technologies and batteries as well as end of life disposal. According to the analyst, the key to making electric vehicles more popular will be for manufacturers to completely remove the risk of residual value in batteries from falling into the hands of the customer.



Enterprise goes green with 500 electric vehicles

Tuesday, July 27th, 2010

Enterprise Rent-A-Car has purchased 500 Nissan Leafs, the environmentally-friendly electric vehicle that has zero emissions. The Leaf is scheduled to be available for sale to the general public throughout the US and Europe in December of this year, and the company hopes to sell 20,000 units within the first year of its release, although analysts believe the car will outperform sales expectations.

According to Katherine Zachary, spokesperson for Nissan, Enterprise has agreed to purchase 500 of the lithium-ion-powered autos, and delivery is scheduled for January 2011. Enterprise is the second car hire firm which has agreed to purchase the revolutionary new vehicle, as Nissan announced last February that it was also selling the Leaf to Hertz Global Holdings Inc, for use in its locations throughout the US and Europe. Enterprise will use its initial 500 units for car hire consumers only in the US, according the Ms Zachary.

Nissan, the Yokohama-based car manufacturing company, is Japan’s third largest automobile maker, and hopes to have over 500,000 Leafs produced by the year 2012. The auto has received global accolades for its design and performance, and received the Green Car Vision Award by the Green Car Journal in January of this year.

Hertz and Nissan team up to market electric cars

Monday, February 15th, 2010

Global car hire giant Hertz has unveiled a partnership with Japanese auto-manufacturer Nissan to provide zero-emission vehicles to its fleet of rental cars in Europe and the US by early 2011.  Under the terms of the agreement, Hertz will implement a programme for the introduction of the Nissan LEAF at rental sites in the two markets.

The new Nissan LEAF provides a new level of eco-mobility, in line with consumer demand across Europe. Designed for lithium-ion battery-chassis, the medium-sized vehicle can seat five adults and has a range of about 100 miles.  The LEAF will also go on sales in Japan, the US and Europe later this year.

CEO and Chairman of Hertz, Mark P. Frissora, said the partnership with Nissan sealed the company’s commitment to environmentally friendly car rentals and demonstrates Hertz’s mission to advancing zero-emission mobility on a worldwide basis.

He highlighted the existing environmentally friendly solutions offered by the company, such as the Hertz Green Collection, as the company believes that by continuously providing innovative solutions to sustain the growing need for eco-travel.

Nissan’s chief operating officer Toshiyuki Shiga said that the partnership with Hertz provided an important step towards the company’s goal of promoting the worldwide acceptance of electric vehicles around the world.  He referred to the existing alliance with Renault, and how the two companies aim to become the leader in zero-emissions vehicles which they believe are one of the best solutions for sustaining the growing need for transport around the world.

Nissan and Hertz plan to expand the LEAF into the hire firm’s car sharing programme, ‘Connect by Hertz’ which allows consumers to rent a car for a short period of time and pay by the hour.