nikhileneryg
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Nissan Leaf rental

Sun May 23, 2021 12:58 pm

Hi group,

I am a fellow EV owner. Whenever I travel I feel like I have to fall back to an IC rental and I just do not enjoy the experience. Had a similar problem even when my car got damaged. I am curious to know if anyone has gone through this experience of trying to find an EV rental and how they fared. In particular, I am trying to do some customer research here about why people want to rent EVs(trying to be careful not to self-project). If anyone here would be open to a 15-30 min zoom call with me, I would really appreciate it.

Ground rules of the session: I do not want to sell anything here. My intention is just to understand why you want to rent EVs and how you currently work around this problem, if at all it is one.

If you would be open to talking to me, please setup anytime that works for you at - https://calendly.com/nikhil-eneryg/30min .. Thanks for reading this far..

Thanks,
-Nikhil

cwerdna
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Re: Nissan Leaf rental

Sun May 23, 2021 4:08 pm

In early Jan 2019, it was impossible to rent a Chevy Bolt from any of the major car rental companies as a try before I buy experience as I was in the market for a new '19 Bolt. I wanted to make sure the seats and any other aspects weren't deal breakers.

I ended up finding a couple '17 Bolts on Turo in my area and was able to rent 1 for a day. I wanted an '18+ as the lousy seats were supposedly improved w/beginning w/model year '18 (https://insideevs.com/news/339196/updat ... uspension/). But, Turo only had '17.

Unfortunately, the handoff and return were w/o any interaction w/the owner (that's the way he wanted it), so I had to take a TON of pictures before and after (esp. since there was a fair amount of damage to the car, in particular to the roof w/the car having hit a security gate before). Since I had to take the pics then and there w/geo-tags at all, I think I spent nearly an hour taking pics (uploading from Turo's app took awhile) at pickup.

I wanted to be super careful since a co-worker was burned when renting a Model 3. Owner of 3 tried to claim all sorts of damage but there weren't sufficient photos (w/closeups of the areas in question) from my co-worker before pickup and at dropoff to prove one way or another.

When traveling, I've never bothered to even attempt to rent an EV. In many cases, I had limited time and often was going into areas w/not much charging infrastructure.

'19 Bolt Premier
'13 Leaf SV w/premium (former)
'13 Leaf SV w/QC + LED & premium (lease over)

Please don't PM me with Leaf questions. Just post in the topic that seems most appropriate.

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Re: Nissan Leaf rental

Sun May 23, 2021 5:06 pm

OP, what does the 'why' have to do with it ?
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Bought Jan 2017 from N. California
Two years in Colorado, now in NM
03/18: 58 Ahr, 28k miles
11/18: 56.16 Ahr, 30k miles
09/20: 54.3 Ahr; 38k miles
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nikhileneryg
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Re: Nissan Leaf rental

Sun May 23, 2021 6:25 pm

Thats a good question - What do I mean by *why*? I guess its not just why an EV rental but a bunch of different Whys along the process. Hope that helps..

Let me answer that for you myself so you see what I mean.

Why do I want to rent an EV? I like the ease of use of my EV vehicle(Tesla) much more than any ICE vehicle on the market. For a long drive, it is much easier to drive. When I am travelling to say a national park, it gives me the (momentary) flexibility of looking around and enjoying the environment.

Why not Turo? Echoing the post above - worried about the insurance implications and the inconsistent/risky picky standards of a peer to peer transaction.

Why not a conventional car rental agency? TBH - I haven't found any serving EVs. Even then, I do not really like the time consuming experience and having to talk to people when on a tight timeline.

alozzy
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Re: Nissan Leaf rental

Sun May 23, 2021 9:58 pm

Turo is probably the only decent option, but you'll have a harder time finding LEAFs, mostly Telsa's. I would guess most people who rent a Tesla on Turo are prospective buyers who want to try before they buy.
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Re: Nissan Leaf rental

Mon May 24, 2021 3:13 am

If you know where you want to rent an EV you might get lucky and find someone here who has local information but other than Turo (itself a YMMV) pickings are slim. So far as I know, the national rental agencies are yet to offer EVs to any significant degree. Perhaps CA is different.
2013 LEAF 'S' Model with QC & rear-view camera
Bought Jan 2017 from N. California
Two years in Colorado, now in NM
03/18: 58 Ahr, 28k miles
11/18: 56.16 Ahr, 30k miles
09/20: 54.3 Ahr; 38k miles
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WetEV
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Re: Nissan Leaf rental

Mon May 24, 2021 6:42 am

I've rented LEAFs from Enterprise. They have none available as far as I can see.
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nikhileneryg
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Re: Nissan Leaf rental

Mon May 24, 2021 1:43 pm

Great discussion - curious though. Has anyone here gone actively gone searching for EVs to rent? If so, why?

What about the ICE usual rental isnt good enough that you went hunting for the EV option?

SageBrush
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Re: Nissan Leaf rental

Mon May 24, 2021 6:37 pm

nikhileneryg wrote:
Mon May 24, 2021 1:43 pm
Has anyone here gone actively gone searching for EVs to rent? If so, why?
What about the ICE usual rental isnt good enough that you went hunting for the EV option?
I've decided you are here under false pretenses.
2013 LEAF 'S' Model with QC & rear-view camera
Bought Jan 2017 from N. California
Two years in Colorado, now in NM
03/18: 58 Ahr, 28k miles
11/18: 56.16 Ahr, 30k miles
09/20: 54.3 Ahr; 38k miles
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2018 Tesla Model 3 LR, Delivered 6/2018

WetEV
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Re: Nissan Leaf rental

Mon May 24, 2021 8:19 pm

nikhileneryg wrote:
Mon May 24, 2021 1:43 pm
Great discussion - curious though. Has anyone here gone actively gone searching for EVs to rent? If so, why?

What about the ICE usual rental isnt good enough that you went hunting for the EV option?
Why? First time was because I wanted to buy an EV, and the LEAF was hard to see much of. Rented for a week so we could get a fair checkout.

Second time was because the first LEAF had a unfortunate end. As the other driver's insurance was paying, I wanted the same car I had been driving. And I bought my second LEAF before turning it back in.

Drive an EV for a while. Driving an ICE after that is like going back to a horse and buggy.
WetEV
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Most everything around here is wet during the rainy season. And the rainy season is long.
2012 Leaf SL Red (Totaled)
2014 Leaf SL Red
2019 eTron Blue

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