The all electric Nissan Leaf is heading for rent-a-car fleets. Nissan has announced that it would be selling as many as 500 Leaf electric cars to Enterprise Rent-A-Car by January next. The battery powered vehicle will thus be soon seen cris-crossing US roads bearing the Enterprise label.
Enterprise has stated that it will make the Leaf available to customers in eight cities starting next year. Enterprise locations numbering 100 will see new charging stations being installed so as to power the Leaf taxis. The all electric innovation form Nissan currently sports a price tag of $32,780 in the US. However, it is expected that the prices will come down by a $7,500 tax credit to $25,280. This is the rice that Enterprise is shelling out to own the vehicles. It is not known as to what the rental charges would be. Enterprise has said that the cost of renting the Leaf, which runs 100 miles on a full charge of its lithium-ion battery, hasn’t been determined yet. It is expected that the rentals are likely to be higher than that of its gasoline-powered cars.
Meanwhile, the Leaf is finding enough customer bookings among the US car enthusiasts. As many as 17,000 people have bee reported as having placed orders for the Leaf so far in America. These buyers, from California, Washington, Oregon, Arizona and Tennessee, will receive the first deliveries in December. Other markets are expected to seethe Nissan Leaf come to them over the year, with deliveries expected by end of 2011. Take a look at the video of the Leaf.
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