If you drive an electric car, hybrid, diesel or other green vehicle day-to-day, you might like to know that you can rent similar when you go abroad, or even when you fly across country to visit relatives.
Luckily, many rental and car-sharing firms offer green vehicles on their fleets, and some even have dedicated green vehicle policies allowing drivers to pick a more environmentally-friendly option when they rent.
So next time you travel, what are your options?
High MPG vehicles
Not every rental fleet yet offers a dedicated range of hybrid or electric vehicles, but many have schemes in place to supply a range of higher-mpg vehicles, ensuring that even their regular range uses as little gas as possible.
The Avis Budget Group is one such company, which has a large range of vehicles certified under the EPA’s SmartWay scheme. 100 percent of the group’s Class A (subcompact) and Class B (compact) vehicles, and 75 percent of Class C (intermediate), are SmartWay certified.
That means even the least efficient vehicles in class A, B and C are capable of 26-28 mpg, meet Tier 2 Bin 5 EPA emissions standards and are classified as LEV II low-emission vehicles by CARB.
Hertz’s Green Traveler Collection is also SmartWay certified, but thanks to a strong range of electric, plug-in and diesel vehicles, the range averages a highly impressive 58 mpg.
A new addition to the range is the 2012 Volkswagen Jetta TDI, available at select airport locations. Hertz says it’s the first clean diesel vehicle offered on a rental fleet in the U.S, and it’s rated at 42 mpg highway. Hertz also offers some hybrids, including the ever-popular 50 mpg Toyota Prius.