Electric car hire to be launched in the US by Enterprise from 2011

Electric car hire to be launched in the US by Enterprise from 2011

Car hire giant Enterprise is set to launch electric car hire at a selected number of outlets in the US from the beginning of next year. The electric powered eco-friendly Nissan Leaf will be offered to car rental customers from eight different locations across the US from 2011. The Nissan Leaf has a charge range of 100 miles and Enterprise is in the process of installing charge stations at a number of its hire centres in preparation for the launch of their electric hire cars in the New Year. Eight different locations across the US have been singled out to offer the electric hire car service. To begin with Enterprise will offer the Nissan Leaf from the following locations, Phoenix, Nashville, Tucson, Knoxville, and San Diego and Los Angeles. Locations in Portland and Seattle will be able to offer customers the use of the 5-door hatchback version of the electric car. Enterprise has chosen to roll out the service in a small number of its centres to start with as it wants to ensure its staff are fully trained in the use of the electric cars so they can advise customers competently. As more electric cars are launched by different car makers, Enterprise plans to add different models to its fleet, at more locations across the...
Northern Irish parliament to review spending on chauffeur driven cars

Northern Irish parliament to review spending on chauffeur driven cars

It has been announced that the Northern Irish Government will commence a review of its spending on chauffeur driven cars for its ministers in an attempt to make savings on public spending. Finance minister Sammy Wilson will head the review of the chauffeured transport of government ministers. The announcement has been made ahead of the lease expiring in October on 15 chauffeur driven cars currently in use by Stormont officials. Mr Wilson said the government must not be seen to be ducking out of spending cuts, as the country attempts to make radical public spending cutbacks. He added that “nothing is sacred” and that includes reining in spending on chauffeur driven cars for Stormont ministers. Although some ministers believe that the situation in Northern Ireland and London is different, and that the security of Stormont ministers is something which needs to be considered in the review of spending on official cars. One suggestion which is being made to help reduce the cost of transport for Northern Irish ministers is for a pool of government cars to be introduced, or for an account to be set up with a taxi firm, this way the ministers will have easy access to a vehicle for use on official...
Production at Rolls Royce plant in Chichester, the highest it’s ever been

Production at Rolls Royce plant in Chichester, the highest it’s ever been

The Rolls Royce production plant at Goodwood in Chichester has gone into overdrive in recent months and is now producing more vehicles per day than ever before. Compared to the same period last year when the Chichester plant was producing just 4 or 5 cars a day, production has now tripled with the factory churning out 15 luxury vehicles a day on average, which is the highest rate it’s ever been since the plant opened in 2003. However demand for the top of the range Rolls Royce vehicles such as the popular Ghost and Phantom models means that even if you were to place an order for one of these cars today, work wouldn’t begin on your vehicle until September due to a backlog of orders. With so much care and attention being paid to each car during the production process, Rolls Royce takes 3 months to build one of its vehicles from start to finish. At present the Goodwood plant has no immediate plans to hire more permanent staff members, although if production continues to be high over the coming months, Rolls Royce will look to employ more workers to join its 800 workforce at the facility. The Rolls Royce Phantom and the Rolls Royce Ghost models continue to be two of the most desired luxury cars in the...

Complaints from car hire customers on the up says consumer group

A leading consumer group has revealed that complaints from UK motorists, hiring vehicles in Europe has risen dramatically this year. The UK European Consumer Centre (UKECC) who conducted the research believe that British holidaymakers need to be vigilant when hiring a car outside of the UK so as to not leave themselves open to potential extra charges which could be added on without their knowledge. In the first 5 months of this year, the UKECC found a 30% increase in the number of complaints lodged from UK car hire customers in Europe compared to the same period in 2009. The countries where the most complaints were made included Italy, Spain, France and Ireland. One of the biggest pitfalls is often in the wording of car hire contracts in the EU which can differ greatly from those in the UK. The consumer group is advising car hire customers to thoroughly read, and understand their contracts prior to signing up. Other areas where car rental customers get stung with extra charges, which in turn causes complaints, arise as a result of not signing off their hire agreement properly, or not running through the hire return checklist thoroughly. By failing to do this, the customer is leaving themselves open to extra fees which the car hire company can add on after the customer has left. In order to prevent more car hire customers getting caught out, the UKECC has created a leaflet where they can find plenty of advice and tips to ensure a problem free car hire experience in the EU this...
Tom Cruise to race on the BBC’s motoring show Top Gear

Tom Cruise to race on the BBC’s motoring show Top Gear

Hollywood actor and star of Top Gun and Vanilla Sky, Tom Cruise, will appear on this Sunday’s episode of Top Gear, it has been announced. However the good news doesn’t end there, as keeping him company when he takes to the race track to appear in the show’s segment, “the star in the reasonably priced car” will be the co-star of his new movie, Cameron Diaz. The blonde actress and star of Charlie’s Angels will also get behind the wheel of a Kia cee’d to burn some rubber on the race track. The two Hollywood A-listers will compete against each other to see who can bag the fastest lap on the race circuit. A fellow actor, Harry Potter’s Rupert Grint, is currently in pole position on the show’s leader board having completed the fastest lap of the series. But will he be nudged into second position by either Cameron or Tom? We’ll just have to wait and see… In a statement released by the Top Gear show, the team reveal their excitement at the news that both Cameron Diaz and Tom Cruise will appear on the programme saying: “For the past week, the air in the office had been alive with a sort of sweaty-palmed excitement.” The Hollywood actors are in the UK to promote the release of their brand new film, Knight and Day, in which they star opposite each other. The movie is due to gets its official UK premiere in London’s Leicester Square this...