Orlando: It’s Electric!

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The latest attraction in Orlando won’t have you riding out twisters, zapping alien monsters or plunging 12 stories down a water slide. But you will be thrilled by the money you will save and the good you are doing for the environment when you rent an electric car through Drive Electric Orlando on your next trip to the most-visited city in the United States.

600More than 56 million visitors go to Orlando every year, making it the world’s largest rental car market. So Visit Orlando, along with major hotels, theme parks and other partners, joined forces to launch Drive Electric Orlando. Enterprise Rent-A-Car has a fleet of Nissan Leaf vehicles, which drives just like a regular car. While Enterprise and Hertz offer electric car rentals in other locations, this is the first citywide initiative to promote the use of electric cars.

While the cost to rent the car for a week is the same, the average fuel cost for a mid-size car is around $50 compared with $15 or less to rent the plug-in electric car. An even bigger money saver is that many hotels are offering free parking, self or valet, for savings from $5 a day to more than $20.

The Nissan Leaf has a range of around 100 miles and there are more than 300 charging stations in the metro area at the major attractions as well as at hotels. No worries if you need to charge it on your own — it’s as easy as plugging in your cell phone. Many places offer free charging but if there is a fee, it’s around $3.00 — less than one gallon of gas!

Oh, and the car comes with a free GPS so you’ll easily find your way between all the many attractions, and maybe even find the nearest spa. You have to do something with all that money you save, right?

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