Enterprise Rent-A-Car Installs OpConnect Electric Car Charging Stations in California

Enterprise Rent-A-Car, a visionary leader in the electric vehicle rental market, is installing OpConnect Electric Vehicle Charging Stations in their Santa Monica and Torrance, California offices. With more than 5,500 car rental locations within 15 miles of 90 percent of the U.S. population, Enterprise is uniquely positioned to introduce drivers to EV technology.

The pilot program was brokered by OpConnect’s exclusive distributor, Go EV. "We are delighted to partner with Enterprise to bring this technology to the Southern California marketplace," said Mike Dixon, president of Go EV.

With this development, the OpConnect charging stations will be used to recharge Enterprise’s growing fleet of electric vehicles. Both locations have many electric vehicles so OpConnect’s unique quad port design allows Enterprise to use one station to recharge four vehicles at the same time, unlike competing charging stations limited to charging vehicles two at a time. This rapid recharge ability will help Enterprise to keep its fleet of vehicles on the road.

In addition, the OpConnect stations are networked to restrict charging to Enterprise’s customers. "Enterprise has been a leader in the adoption of electric vehicles into their rental fleet and we are pleased to include these facilities into our growing charging infrastructure network," said Dexter Turner, president of OpConnect.

Southern California is a growing electric vehicle market for Enterprise and for the OpConnect system. Customers now can rent electric vehicles (EV) from Enterprise Rent-A-Car in 12 locations, operating the largest network of EV rentals in the state.

"We are thrilled to offer our customers a faster and more convenient way to use electric vehicles," said Greg Tabak, director of business rental for Enterprise in Southern California. "Our partnership with OpConnect enhances our ability to provide customers with the ultimate test drive when renting an electrical vehicle. Enterprise has the largest network of car rental locations, making it a key part of the value chain. Partnerships like this help manufacturers conduct hundreds of thousands of test drives that are essential to the adoption of new technology."

Founded in 1957 and known for an extensive network of locations, everyday low rates and outstanding customer service, Enterprise Rent-A-Car is an internationally recognized brand that has been named to BusinessWeek magazine’s annual list of "Customer Service Champs" in 2007, 2008, 2009 and 2010. In addition, Enterprise won Budget Travel magazine’s 2010 and 2011 Readers’ Choice Award as their favorite rental car brand for customer service around the globe. Enterprise operates more than twice as many locations as its nearest U.S. competitor and continues to lead the home-city market, with local car rental revenues currently experiencing double-digit growth. Enterprise Rent-A-Car operates not only as a key provider for insurance replacement, weekend getaways and special occasions, but also as a local transportation alternative.

St. Louis-based Enterprise Holdings owns and operates – through its regional subsidiaries – the Enterprise Rent-A-Car brand in the United States, Canada, UK, Germany and Ireland. Its worldwide network includes more than 7,700 neighborhood and airport locations, with 6,000 offices located within 15 miles of 90 percent of the U.S. population. With annual revenues of $14.1 billion and more than 70,000 employees, Enterprise Holdings also operates more than 1.2 million cars and trucks, making it the largest and most comprehensive car rental service provider in the world measured by revenue, employees and fleet. For more information about Enterprise’s Corporate Sustainability Report or the brand’s environmental stewardship and long-term commitment to the sustainability of its business, visit www.DrivingFutures.com.

OpConnect, a subsidiary of ISO9001 certified Optimization Technologies, is a technology leader in electric vehicle charging systems. The OpConnect Electric Vehicle Charging System® is an end-to-end EV charging solution including charging stations, a secure wireless communications network, billing solutions and mobile phone applications. OpConnect is focused on the Southern California market. The firm was recently awarded a multi-year contract to supply electric vehicle charging stations to Los Angeles County. And, the US Navy recently purchased and deployed OpConnect stations in its San Diego facility for use with their fleet vehicles.

Go EV is the exclusive distributor of the OpConnect Electric Vehicle Charging System. Go EV sells, finances, integrates, owns and operates EV charging infrastructure. Go EV’s deep industry knowledge and ability to integrate a variety of disciplines and technologies helps customers solve their infrastructure deployment and management problems. What can Go EV do for you?