Renting Electric, Hybrid And Green Cars: What Are Your Options?

Editor’s Note: EarthTechling is proud to repost this article courtesy of Green Car Reports. Author credit goes to Antony Ingram.

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.

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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.