Over the last few months we’ve been following the development of Nissan’s upcoming all electric vehicle, the 2011 Nissan Leaf. It’s not even out yet but that hasn’t stopped Nissan from hyping it up. In fact Nissan will begin to take deposits for their “priority list” tomorrow, May 15th. This priority list will entitle those uber tree huggers to be first on line to purchase the Leaf so they can start saving the environment one little car at a time. We’ve also just learned that Hertz also wants to jump on the electric car bandwagon and according to the NY Times they’ll be adding the 2011 Nissan Leaf to their rental car fleet soon after it rolls out internationally.
To be honest I’m really not sure if this is just a publicity stunt on their part or if they truly think the Leaf is going to be something customers are really interested in. Just sit back and think about it for a moment. If you live in an urban area like I do, meaning the NY, Chicago or San Francisco metropolitan areas, then an electric car like the Leaf may work for you. However, if you plan on driving more than 100 miles at a clip then the only thing you’ll be able to count on is sitting on the side of the road for 8 hours waiting for the Leaf to recharge. It’s a scenario like this that makes me wonder why Hertz is considering the new Nissan Leaf for its fleet. Who knows, maybe they know something about the Leaf that we don’t. Either way it should make for one interesting rental car experiment.
Souce: NY Times