People are apparently not renting cars as often as they used to. But while some car rental firms are closing up shop, others are taking those lemons and making “green lemonade”.
Enterprise rent-a-car just announced a massive expansion to their hybrid rental fleet.
The chain is adding 5000 new hybrid vehicles, and expanding their “hybrid branch” lineup. Already, 27 Enterprise locations offer online and phone reservations of a hybrid vehicle, and that number is set to rise to 80 within a couple of months.
The Enterprise hybrid lineup offers the Ford Escape, Toyota Prius and the Toyota Camry.
Sadly, being green comes at a price. A regular airport rental with Enterprise (for a standard car) is about $30/day, but to protect the environment in a hybrid, you’ll pay about $70/day. Ouch.
Still, it’s nice to see a major rental company making a difference, and it is always great when customers at least have the option to rent green.