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Drive Electric Orlando promote electric-vehicle rentals in Florida

September 5, 2013 | By K. Clarke, Orlando Sentinel

If a slave to the gas pump, you may not know Central Florida has more 300 charging stations for electric But a national organization has taken and is hoping to use Orlando’s tourism to expose Americans to the benefits of cars.

With 57 million a year, Orlando is a prime for the project, the coalition said. better place for introducing to driving electric cars the nation’s top vacation destination and the largest rental-car market?

There’s still a ton of misperceptions out among drivers about vehicles, said Sam Ori, vice president for the Electrification The goal in Orlando is to give and business travelers an extended drive and turn those into future buyers.

the region’s top-tier collection of stations is a plus, perhaps important for the coalition’s program is so many of Orlando’s visitors who by air follow a typical travel to a tightly clustered series of From the airport they to their hotel and then to theme parks or the giant convention center.

In most cases, the distance any of those destinations is 15 to 20 miles.

The on a Nissan Leaf, 100 miles, more than most will do in a day, Ori said. To we’re making sure people who are renting the vehicles are at a with a charger.


The Electrification Coalition estimates having chargers at 40 key hotels and a key attractions creates enough of a for tourists with electric to feel comfortable. So far, 27 of the hotels have installed all three major theme-park have signed on as program and the coalition said it is working them to determine the best for chargers.

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Should drivers need a while on the go, each car will a GPS unit that can locate the charging station, even if the ventures outside the Orlando Drivers can also use third-party apps, such as Plug that point drivers to chargers in the vicinity.

Among its of about a million vehicles, Holdings which includes the National and Alamo car-rental boasts just a few hundred vehicles. The Orlando program start with 15 Nissan electric cars, though hope to expand grow the as demand increases. Chevy, makes the electric Volt, has signed on as a sponsor.

Enterprise will provide all with brief tutorials on how to the cars, including where and how to them.

I think there’s a curiosity around the technology said Nathan Prior, of business rental sales for in Orlando.

Throughout Metro electric vehicles can be charged at 150 locations, which offer than 300 charging stations

Some participating hotels even offer free parking for the vehicles.

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