Opel/Vauxhall, GM’s European brands, and Europcar, the “leading vehicle rental company in Europe,” have announced that the Opel/Vauxhall Ampera will become an offering in the part of the Euopcar rental fleet in November, then in other markets in 2012.
If you’re not familiar with the Ampera: it’s an extended-range electric vehicle just like the Chevy Volt.
In fact, it is the Chevy Volt, built in the GM Hamtramck Assembly facility and then, dare we say, “Exported from Detroit.” (The sheet metal is different. But then, it’s not a Chevy.)
Here’s one reason why the Chevy Volt probably won’t become a rental car (or if it does, that after the initial novelty wears off, and after people become familiar with seeing them around, that they won’t be great demand. On the subject of the Ampera rental experience:
“On booking, customers are advised to plan 10 to 15 minutes for the handover. . . . Trained Europcar employees explain a range of topics including battery charging, the range extender, as well as other special functions and features such as the energy consumption and energy efficiency displays.”
Whether you’re getting a rental car to hit the beach in Waikiki or getting one to get to that meeting before you’re too late, chances are you’re not going to want to be lectured about your rental and so you’ll opt for that Malibu.