Driving into a Green Future
The auto rental industry is making a conscious effort to drive into a greener future. Zipcar, Hertz, and Enterprise are trying to do their part in contributing to a cleaner and greener environment by marketing eco-friendly car share services and fuel-efficient vehicles. Next time you need a car consider one of these programs:
Zipcars first hit the road in 2000 and now, 9 years later, Zipcar is one of Inc.'s top 500 fastest growing companies. For those living in cities and small communities, car sharing is the way to go and for every Zipcar that is shared, 15-20 personally-owned vehicles are taken off the road. Zipcar currently has 5,000 cars in more than a dozen cities and 50 universities worldwide.
If Hertz has its way, Zipcar won't dominate car-sharing program in the market for long. Hertz Connect lets costumers reserve a Toyota Prius hybrid or BMW Mini Cooper and drive it like they own it (with gas, roadside assistance and insurance included in the price).
Connect will first be available in New York City, London, and Paris, with 20 additional cities to follow. Hertz also added 3,400 hybrid cars to its worldwide rental fleet in the past year.
Another car rental company who taken action and created a car rental program in 2008 is Enterprise. Enterprise’s WeCar, just like Zipcar and Connect, makes it easy to rent a car for errands or for weekend trips. If you're just looking to rent, Enterprise recently doubled it's fleet of hybrid vehicles to 10,000 and is moving forward with plans to open 80 "hybrid outlets." Find a ‘green’ branch near you!