Europcar (Europe's top car hire company) and Nissan have announced that beginning February, the Nissan LEAF will be available for short term hire in Paris and London, two of the busiest capitals in the world. This award-winning 100% electric vehicle and 2011 World and European Car of The Year has a homologated range of 110 miles or 175km, which is greater than what 90% of commuters drive in a day in United Kingdom.
Europcar Chief Operating Officer Rafael Girona stated that the car hire company has "long believed" in electric automobiles as a sustainable means of mobility. He added that the company is dedicated to enabling early adoption of this type of automobile. He further stated that they are "proud" to engage with Nissan in facilitating the expansion of electric automobiles and providing customers with the "greenest possible mobility solutions."
Even if driving the Nissan LEAF is as easy as with a traditional vehicle, every customer who hires this vehicle will be given a face-to-face handover by a Europcar representative who has full training on the vehicle and its features. For those in London, this will be a particularly vital development as Mayor Boris Johnson is aiming to establish London as Europe's electric vehicle capital.
To simplify the process in hiring the LEAF, Europcar will recharge the vehicle completely free of charge. The company will also waiver the standard service fee normally made for automobile refueling. Customers will also have peace of mind, as they can call a Nissan Hotline with any questions they might have regarding the car. In addition, the company will seek feedback from every customer at the end of the hire so that it can shape future generations of Nissan electric automobiles.