The city of Orlando, Florida — already home to one of the largest electric vehicle rental fleets in the US — is now set to become home to 14 new Chevy Volt rental cars, according to recent reports.
The city’s local Enterprise rental service will be adding the 14 new plug-in hybrids (PHEVs) to its fleet immediately — following on an official event attended by the city’s mayor a few weeks ago.
“Here in Orlando, we pride ourselves on being a sustainable, cutting edge community and a place where leadership and partnership come together to do amazing things and tackle big challenges,” stated Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer. “That’s one of the reasons why we’re proud to show national leadership when it comes to sustainability, and that includes advancing the adoption of electric cars both here in our backyard and across America.”
“We know that the car rental experience is often an extended test drive, so we are committed to offering our customers exposure to the latest vehicle technologies,” stated Nathan Prior, Director of Business Rental Sales for Enterprise in Orlando. “Growing our fleet of electric vehicles (EV) in Orlando marks the next level of our support for Drive Electric Orlando’s mission to promote the adoption of EVs.”
“Chevrolet is looking forward to having the Volt participate in Drive Electric Orlando,” commented Britta Gross, GM’s Director of Advanced Vehicle Commercialization Policy. “This hands-on approach of putting consumers in the driver’s seat of an electric car is a great way for many to experience the joy—and smart cost savings—of driving electric!”
For some background here — Drive Electric Orlando is an initiative set up to improve the uptake of electric vehicle technologies in the city; via improved charging infrastructure, free parking for electric vehicles, etc. For more information on Drive Electric Orlando, you can visit the initiative’s website.
In addition to the 14 new Chevy Volts, the local Enterprise is reportedly looking to add more EVs or PHEVs over the coming years.