Enterprise Rent-A-Car is adding the Torrance, Calif., rental office at 20625 Hawthorne Blvd as the 11th location in Southern California offering electric vehicle (EV) rentals, providing customers throughout Southern California with the opportunity to experience EV technology with the addition of Nissan LEAF EVs and an on-site charging station.
In collaboration with the South Bay Cities Council of Governments (SBCCOG), Enterprise is also piloting an “EV Owners Discount Program” for customers at the Torrance branch, which provides EV owners with a 15% discount off the regular retail rate when they need to rent a longer-range vehicle. In addition, EV owners can charge up their own EVs at Enterprise during the rental.
Enterprise and the SBCCOG have a history of working together on sustainable transportation initiatives, including the SBCCOG’s Local Use Vehicle (LUV) project. In 2010, Enterprise helped the SBCCOG lease and prepare six EVs to launch the project, which the SBCCOG is using to study how the vehicles can reduce emissions, air pollution and gas consumption. And as Enterprise works to establish EV infrastructure via the private sector, the SBCCOG is studying EV infrastructure development to promote wider adoption of more sustainable transportation alternatives.
We’re a catalyst to electric vehicle infrastructure development, which includes offering extended test drives of EVs via rentals to curious customers. Helping EV technology establish itself in the marketplace also means finding unique ways to make it easier for EV owners to rent for the times when they need a longer-range vehicle, such as for a road trip or a move across town.—Greg Tabak, director of EV programs for Southern California, Enterprise Rent-A-Car
The Torrance rental office becomes the 11th Enterprise location in Southern California to offer EV rentals, joining branches in Encino, Newport Beach, Ontario, Palm Springs, Pasadena, Riverside, San Diego, Santa Barbara, Santa Monica and Thousand Oaks. Enterprise operates the largest network of EV rentals in California.
California is a natural place to roll out electric vehicle rentals because of the commitment the state has made to EV infrastructure development. We want to help people experience and understand EV technology. Our industry’s future depends on keeping passenger vehicles—and the fuels required to power them—economically viable and socially acceptable. So, it’s important to invest in and integrate alternatives into our fleet.—Lee Broughton, head of corporate sustainability for Enterprise Holdings
EV rentals from Enterprise are also available in many markets throughout the United States, as well as in the United Kingdom. Enterprise currently offers Nissan LEAF and Chevy Volt extended-range EV rentals, and does not charge for vehicles returned without a full charge.