Enterprise Rent-A-Car unveiled seven Nissan Leafs at its Honolulu Airport location Aug. 16, making it the first rental car company in Hawaii to offer fully electric vehicles to its customers.
“Initially, we will be renting our electric vehicles at our airport location because this is where we have our charging stations,” said Paul Kopel, vice president and general manager of operations for Enterprise Holdings in Hawaii. “However, we plan to expand the locations that offer EVs to many of our 29 neighborhood, resort and airport branch locations in order to meet the growing needs of EV renters.”
Enterprise plans to have a total of 25 Nissan Leafs available on Oahu in time for the APEC Leaders summit in Honolulu this November and a total of 30 by the end of this year.
“The introduction of electric vehicles in rental car fleets by Enterprise will help to showcase Hawaii as an electric vehicle destination and will give consumers more choices and help to reduce our dependence on fossil fuels,” Hawaii Gov. Neil Abercrombie said at the unveiling ceremony. “With a growing network of public charging stations available to EV drivers, Hawaii is an excellent place to offer electric vehicle rentals.”
Hawaii is one of five states where Enterprise has introduced electric vehicles.