Hotels that charge your batteries

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    The plug-in hybrid Chevy Volt is shown being charged at the Hollywood Hotel in Los Angeles, California in this undated handout photograph. Credit: Reuters/Handout

    What do the InterContinental in Chicago, the Loews Vanderbilt in Tennessee, the Hollywood Hotel, most Kimpton's hotels and all of Starwood's Element hotels have in common? They all boast onsite electric vehicle (EV) charging stations. Although EV ownership represents just a tiny slice of the car market - plug-in hybrid electric vehicles (PHEVs) like the Chevrolet Volt, extended range EVs and all-electric vehicles (AEVs) like the Nissan Leaf account for 0.3 percent of U.S. sales according to the Electric Drive Transportation Association - car rental firms are steadily adding more electric vehicles to their fleets.

    A quick search of the main rental players shows that Hertz Rent-A-Car offers electric cars in Los Angeles, New York, San Francisco and Washington, in London and in Chinese hubs. Enterprise Rent-A-Car has plug-in vehicles in at least 19 U.S. locations, while Avis Budget Group has a range of EVs, including Chevy Volts in the U.S. and Renault Fluence ZE's in Europe, though none in the U.K where they have invested substantially in diesel vehicles.

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