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Avis Europe Partners with Renault to Offer Electric Cars for Hire from 2011

Avis Europe has partnered with the Renault-Nissan Alliance to offer electric cars to its customers from 2011.

We are delighted to sign this important partnership with Renault to offer electric vehicles as part of our green fleet, which is an increasingly central part of our customer offering. Despite the impact of the recession, consumers are just as aware of the issues of climate change and it is only by working together with our partners that will we be able to make a difference.

—Pascal Bazin, Chief Executive for Avis Europe

From 2011, Renault will progressively roll out four electric vehicles. (Earlier post.) These include two derivatives of internal-combustion vehicles: the Renault Fluence Z.E., an electric version of Fluence; and the Renault Kangoo Express Z.E., an electric version of Renault Kangoo Express, intended primarily for fleet and business use.

The range of electric vehicles will later be extended to cover other segments, including two new cars whose architecture will be designed to run exclusively with electrical power: a car derived from the Twizy Z.E. Concept for motoring in built-up areas; and one that takes its inspiration from Zoe Z.E. Concept and is scheduled to be released at the beginning of 2012. It will be a particularly versatile vehicle intended for everyday motoring in and around cities.

Each car in the Avis Europe fleet is typically only six months old, to ensure maximum fuel efficiency, and the average CO2 emissions for cars purchased in 2009 was 144.6 g CO2/km.



I could see Avis partnering with hotels and airlines to offer a package deal. There would be charging stations at the hotels that just put the charge on your bill and no need to top off the tank before you bring it back.


Good news for BEVs.

Did Stan read this one?


Great news. Avis rents the car, sells it at a good discount after 6 months and BEV's make it to everyday drivers. Rental car fleets are the perfect gateway to the consumer market for this technology.


The average Avis car is 6 months old, so they're held for about a year.

The combination of rental agencies and hotels gets around many issues of public infrastructure. A hotel chain's parking garages are controlled by a single corporate entity, and can all be wired as a consequence of one agreement. Even better, business travellers are influential and good experiences with rental EVs are bound to translate to consumer interest and sales. This is going to have an outsized impact.


The main 'gotcha' is the resale market. Once the car rental companies can see that they have an outlet for the almost new used cars, then it will proceed. This would be a good way to get more EVs out there, buy one from a car rental company.

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