Published on September 11th, 2013 | by Jo Borrás0
Orlando’s Drive Electric Promises A Glorious EV Rental Experience (VIDEO)
One of the most stressful things about renting a car with a conventional rental company is the need to return the car with at least as much gas in it as it had when you rented it. Failure to do so, in many cases, leads to fines and a ludicrously expensive “per gallon” penalty. You have to read the fine print, of course, but one Orlando company hopes to offer the area’s tourists a better, friendlier, greener option: an electric car.
“With more than 57 million visitors annually and one of the largest charging networks in the country, Orlando is the ideal location for the Drive Electric project,” explains Electrification Coalition CEO Robbie Diamond. “Where better to introduce Americans to the electric car than North America’s leading travel destination and the world’s largest rental-car market?”
As a 25+ year resident of South Florida, I have to agree with Diamond. Offering EVs is a great idea that can expose tourists to the surprising quickness of EVs, and it works perfectly for Orlando, since most of the attractions anyone will want to go to will be well within the EV’s operating range, and Drive Electric Orlando has set up deals with the area’s theme parks and hotels to offer EV renters chargers, valet parking, and even a fast-pass through the security line out of Orlando’s airport (which, truthfully, is worth whatever price they’re asking — that place is a mess).
At first, Drive Electric Orlando will offer renters a Nissan Leaf EV, but the company plans to add GM products like the Chevy Volt, the upcoming Cadillac ELR, and the excellent Chevy Spark EV (shown, above) in the coming months. You can find out more about what Drive Electric has to offer in the company’s promo video, below. Enjoy!