Gas Mileage: 99 MPGe
Rental availability: Select U.S. locations
Rental car companies: Hertz, Enterprise
Rental terms: Hourly and daily
As the world's first mass-market, relatively affordable and globally-distributed 100% electric car, the Nissan Leaf has kicked off what some say is the biggest revolution in automobiles since they were invented. And now you can go and rent a piece of history.
With approximately 90-100 miles of all-electric range on a full battery, the Nissan Leaf will provide plenty of distance for around-town jaunts, but unless there is robust public charging where you'll be driving it, don't expect to use the Leaf for any longer distance trips. (See: The 10 Best U.S. Cities for Electric Cars) Perhaps a rental for a couple of hours is the best way to test it out?
The Leaf can add about 5 miles of driving range for every hour of charging on a standard three-prong household outletand comes with a cable to do it. For a bit faster charge it can add about 15 miles of driving range using a dedicated higher voltage charging system known as Level 2. While some areas will have a lots of Level 2 infrastructure soonand some already dobe sure to sort out charging station locations beforehand so you aren't left high and dry.