The 100 percent electric Nissan Leaf may be the cleanest, smartest and “funnest” transportation technology in San Antonio. The Nissan Leaf recently became the newest vehicle added to the Hertz on Demand carsharing program, found throughout downtown San Antonio.
The use of carsharing has grown rapidly in the U.S. in response to the increasing cost of owning and operating an automobile. Research has found that each carshare car takes about a dozen cars off the road since people find that they don’t need to own a car. San Antonio is proud to be the second city in Texas to add a fully-electric vehicle to its carsharing program.
The Leaf produces no tailpipe pollution – it doesn’t even have a tailpipe! Nor does it have a muffler, a radiator, fuel pump, transmission, crankcase, alternator or other elements of a gasoline-powered automobile. The car won the 2010 Green Car Vision Award, the 2011 European Car of the Year, and the 2011 World Car of the Year.
This energy-efficient vehicle has a combined equivalent gasoline fuel economy of 99 miles per gallon rating by the EPA and results in fewer emissions than a conventional car.
An electric vehicle charger is located at the car’s parking space in the Annex Lot at 500 Dolorosa to “top off” the battery when the car is not being used. Even the plug used to charge the car is state-of-the-art, only adopted as a standard by the Society of Automotive Engineers in 2010.
The Nissan Leaf is available to everyone enrolled in the Hertz on Demand carshare system. For more information, visit the Hertz website.