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USA: Electric car rental available in Northampton

Electric Nissan Leaf has savings, limited range

Updated: Wednesday, 07 Aug 2013, 6:21 PM EDT
Published : Wednesday, 07 Aug 2013, 4:24 PM EDT

Nick Bannin

NORTHAMPTON, Mass. (WWLP) – When you rent a car you usually decide between a mid size car or an SUV, but now you’ll also have to choose whether you want to drive a gas powered vehicle, or an electric one.

At the Enterprise Rent-A-Car in Northampton, the all Electric Nissan Leaf is now an option next time you’re renting a car in western Massachusetts.

On a full charge, the leaf has a range close to 80 miles. Some say not ideal for every trip.

“I think I might rent a car for just city driving, but if I do long travelling to like other states like new Jersey or Pennsylvania i might just rent a regular gasoline car so I could actually go further,” said William Wanczyk from Northampton.

However, if you’re staying local or don’t mind looking for the nearest charging station on your trip, an electric car could be a money saving option.

“Is it expensive? Depending on the type of charger you have. Call it a dollar fifty to two dollars from empty to a complete charge,” said Jon Vrabel from Enterprise Rent-A-Car.
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