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Electric car rental program introduced in Orlando

7:40 AM, Sep 5, 2013   |    comments
Nissan 'Leaf' electric vehicle, Yokohama, Japan, (Photo courtesy of AP Graphics)
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ORLANDO, Fla. -- A car rental company is offering a fleet of plug-in electric vehicles in Orlando, and drivers won't have to pay for gas under a recently launched initiative.

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The new program, called Drive Electric Orlando, was announced Thursday morning.

Tourists who rent one of the 15 available Nissan Leaf cars from Enterprise Rent-A-Car in Orlando can charge the fully electric vehicles at hotels, near theme parks and even outside of city hall, all for free.

There are about 300 charging stations in the greater Orlando area, and under the program, AAA will charge the car for free if it runs out of juice.

Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer says the program is a great way to introduce the cars to potential new buyers -- whether tourists or city residents.

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