Everyday most Americans make choices about their transportation habits and over the next few days, I am going to give you a few tips to help you make those difficult choices just a bit more easily. Today, lets focus on your plans to rent a car for the holidays or whenever you travel.
You may not yet own the eco car of your dreams, but every time you rent a car, you have a chance to not just test drive that hybrid you have been lusting for but also reduce the amount of fuel you use (and in some states, travel in the carpool lanes).
More and more rental companies are offering green rental cars. From smaller, more economical vehicles to hybrid and alternative fuel cars, the rental car industry is trying to help consumers make the right choice.
For those of you traveling to destinations west, particularly areas of California and Arizona, a company called EV Rentals aims to provide travelers with the most technologically advanced green rental cars available. Their fleet consists entirely of hybrid-electric, natural gas and electric vehicles. This is an excellent opportunity for travelers to test out vehicles they may have only read about.
For those of you wondering how you can rent an environmentally-friendly car in the rest of the country fear not, there are options. Rental car companies, Enterprise, Alamo, and National have all made a commitment to going green. This includes increasing the number of fuel-efficient vehicles and reducing their overall carbon footprint. Not to be outdone, Hertz Rental Car Company has made a Green Collection available to consumers. Make sure to ask specifically for eco-friendly cars when making your reservations.
For those of you interested in testing out other alternative fuels and happen to be in select areas of Hawaii, Bio-Beetle offers biodiesel vehicles. Biodiesel is a clean-burning diesel fuel, made from 100% natural, 100% renewable sources such as vegetable oil recycled from restaurants. Because their vehicles are retro-fitted to accept biodiesel, they offer a wide variety of cars, trucks, and even jeeps which you can cruise around the islands in. This is certainly a unique way to experience paradise.
Consider changing just your rental car choices as your next step to a greener way of living, a greener way of travelling.