If you're curious about the Chevy Volt extended-range electric vehicle but don't want to put up with the pressure from a dealership when you ask for a test drive, help is on the way.

Enterprise Rent-A-Car will be the first to offer Chevrolet Volt extended-range electric vehicles (EVs) for daily and weekly rentals starting in late January. The Volt will be available, first, at the Mark Christopher Auto Center in Ontario, Calif., along with a new charging station.There are more than 5,000 Enterprise Rent-A-Car neighborhood and airport offices, and 90% of the U.S. population is within 15 miles of on of them. Enterprise will be rolling out wider availability of the Volt throughout the U.S. in the next few months.

"Purchase demand for electric vehicles has been impressive, and we anticipate similar demand from rental customers," said Jeff Morrell, vice president of Enterprise Rent-A-Car. "Making the Volt available will provide an extended test drive for curious customers, for those with cars being serviced and for those interested in possibly purchasing an EV."

Enterprise will also be making 500 Nissan LEAFs available at select Enterprise locations nationwide, and on-site charging stations will be installed to support them. Charging stations already have been installed at Enterprise offices in Los Angeles, San Diego and Santa Monica, Calif.

Most EVs can travel about 100 miles on a single charge, accommodating the travel habits of the daily commuter, who drives an average of approximately 40 miles a day. However, an extended-range EV like the Volt can travel farther due to an on-board gas engine that powers the electric battery when the charge runs down.

"Our partnership with Enterprise is all about providing the best possible service," said Chris Leggio, president of Mark Christopher Auto Center. "The Volt incorporates brand-new vehicle technology. So, as our customers become familiar with the vehicles, we're excited that Enterprise can offer the Volt for rental, providing a seamless and convenient customer service experience at our facility."

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