Enterprise charges up electric-car rentals with Volt

Rental agency expects to offer extend-range models of the vehicles by the end of January.

The idea that rental car companies will continue to be instrumental in the adoption of electric vehicles continues to pick up momentum. By the end of January, Enterprise Rent-A-Car hopes to be the first rental car company to offer extended-range versions of the Chevrolet Volt. The first location to get the vehicles will be the Mark Christopher Auto Center in Ontario, Calif.

Here's Enterprise's rationale for the investment:

"Purchase demand for electric vehicles has been impressive, and we anticipate similar demand from rental customers. Making the Volt available will provide an extended test drive for curious customers, for those with cars being serviced, and for those interested in possibly purchasing an EV."

Other models will be offered at certain Enterprise rental locations this year, including 500 Nissan Leafs. Charging stations are important, obviously, and they have already been installed in the company's offices in Los Angeles, San Diego and Santa Monica, Calif.

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