February 24th, 2014 by Derek Markham
In a bid to help make electric cars available and desirable for everyone, a unique business in Athens, Georgia is offering electric vehicles for rent by the hour or by the day.
JuiceCar, which is located at Hotel Indigo in downtown Athens, can give customers a different kind of experience than the standard rental car outlet, whether people are just interested in driving an emissions-free vehicle for the day, or want to ditch their regular car for carsharing, or are curious what it’s like to drive one before they buy one.
“I’ve always thought owning a car can be more of a burden than a benefit. You need it maybe two hours of the day, but you need to find a place to park it, you have to insure it, you have to put gas in it, you have to maintain it. All of that stuff is for a piece of equipment that you use a couple hours a day.” – Mike Jerue, JuiceCar
The service rents Nissan LEAFs, which are 100% electric and have a 60 to 90 mile range, for just $5 per hour or $25 per day, and extended range Chevy Volts, which have both electric and gas motor and a 35-40 miles electric range, for $7 per hour or $35 per day.
And for those who don’t know the first thing about driving an EV, JuiceCar has video tutorials covering the basics of starting, driving, and recharging their vehicles, and the company also offers free charging for anyone with an EV at their location.
Learn more at JuiceCar.
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