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Electric cars for rent in Quebec

Eco-conscious commuters in Quebec can now choose greener wheels, as the province's largest car-sharing program unveils a small fleet of electric cars.

Communauto rolls out electric car fleet for members

Eco-conscious commuters in Quebec can now choose greener wheels, as the province's largest car-sharing program unveils a small fleet of electric cars.

Starting Monday, Communauto will have 15 Nissan Leaf cars available to users in Montreal and Quebec City.

Benoît Robert, president of company, said he plans to expand the service to include another 35 electric vehicles next year.

Communauto, which uses a similar system to other car-sharing programs, charges users an hourly fee to rent vehicles along with an annual fee.

Users book in advance and pick up cars at locations spread throughout a city.

Hydro-Québec will supply the electricity for the vehicles, at specially-designed chargers located in the same parking lots where people pick up the cars.

The Quebec government wants to have 300,000 electric vehicles  on its roads over the next 10 years.

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