Heading to London or Paris in the next three months, and looking to rent a car for travel? Well, you can join the folks at Fringe by driving a Nissan Leaf. Nissan and rental firm Europcar have teamed up to offer the Leaf as a short-term hire in the two cities. Sounds like a great idea for those who are unsure whether an EV will cut it for their needs – think of it as a trial run in real world conditions.

Every customer hiring a Leaf – which has a 175 km operating range on a single charge – will be given a face-to-face handover by a Europcar representative, who has been fully trained on the car and its workings. Simplifying the process, Europcar will recharge the car completely free of charge, even waiving the standard service fee usually made for vehicle refuelling.

The pilot scheme will initially run for three months, but success will potentially see it widened to other cities in France and Great Britain, as well as other countries in Europe. No mention of rental rates, but there’s only one way to find out, I guess …