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Enterprise Rent-A-Car will announce that it is buying 500 electric cars from Nissan Motor Co., beginning in January when they become widely available, the Wall Street Journal reported today.

Enterprise Holdings Inc., which owns the Enterprise, Alamo and National brands, will put the Leaf in its rental fleets in eight cities: Seattle, Portland, Ore., Los Angeles, San Diego, Phoenix, Tucson, Nashville and Knoxville.

Katherine Zachary, a spokeswoman for Nissan, confirmed the deal was to be announced today.

The Japan-based Nissan, whose North American operations are based in Franklin, Tenn., aims to be a leader in electric cars. The Leaf is to be introduced in the U.S. later this year.

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http://www.freep.com/article/20100727/BUSINESS0104/100727017/1210/BUSINESS01/Enterprise-Rent-A-Car-to-buy-500-electric-Nissans

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Enterprise to buy 500 Nissan Leafs for rental

BY DAN STRUMPF

ASSOCIATED PRESS

Nissan said it will sell 500 Leaf electric cars to Enterprise Rent-A-Car starting in January, as the Japanese automaker aims to put more drivers behind the wheel of its battery-powered vehicle.

Enterprise said Tuesday it will make the Leaf available to customers in eight cities starting next year. Charging stations are to be installed at 100 different Enterprise rental locations beginning in November.

The cost of renting the Leaf, which runs 100 miles on a full charge of its lithium-ion battery, hasn't been determined yet, Enterprise spokeswoman Lisa Martini said. But, like the hybrid vehicles that Enterprise rents to customers, the rental price is likely to be higher than that of its gasoline-powered cars, she said.

The Leaf will be Nissan's first fully electric vehicle and is one of several battery-powered cars hitting the market over the next several years.

Nissan is taking reservations from Leaf buyers and plans to start deliveries of the hatchback to customers in select markets in December.

The vehicle will have a base price of $32,780 in the U.S., but that will be brought down by a $7,500 tax credit to $25,280 -- the same price Enterprise is paying for the vehicles.

Nissan said 17,000 people have placed orders for the Leaf so far in the U.S. Buyers in California, Washington, Oregon, Arizona and Tennessee will receive the first deliveries in December.

The Leaf will go on sale in other markets over the course of the year, becoming available nationwide by the end of 2011.

Enterprise said it will make the Leaf available to customers starting in the following cities in January: Seattle, Phoenix, Los Angeles, San Diego, Phoenix, Tucson, Ariz., Knoxville, Tenn., Nashville, Tenn. and Portland, Ore.

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http://www.freep.com/article/20100728/BUSINESS01/7280333/1210/Enterprise-to-buy-500-Nissan-Leafs-for-rental

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