Rent a Green Car

EV Rental Cars, the only car rental company in the United States to offer environmentally friendly vehicles, now boasts a fleet of new Honda Civic hybrid-electric vehicles at Budget Rent a Car’s Reagan National Airport rental location in the nation’s capital. It is the first car rental company in the nation to have a fleet of hybrid Civics.

Washington, D.C. – August 8, 2002 [] “For the business traveler concerned about fuel economy, energy security and perhaps the condition of the environment, we believe there is a way to travel that is both economical and environmentally responsible,” said Jeff Pink, chief executive officer of EV Rental Cars. The acquisition of 20 hybrid-electric Civics, the world’s first mass market hybrid, is the latest move by EV Rental Cars to use the airport rental market as a way to introduce environmentally friendly and fuel efficient vehicles to business travelers. Pink points to Warner Bros. studios as an example of an environmentally aware company that is concerned about what its employees drive when traveling on company business. “We do quite a bit of business with Warner Bros., a company that has shown you can be big, have a social conscience, and be concerned about the bottom line at the same time,” said Pink. “Making the highly-efficient hybrid-electric Honda Civic available to our customers is the patriotic thing to do. Offering the Civic hybrid will provide an opportunity for American business and vacation travelers to directly reduce our nation’s dependence on imported oil.” The Honda Civic Hybrid is one of three hybrid-electric models available for rent from EV Rental Cars, joining the Honda Insight and Toyota Prius. Also available at EV Rental Cars’ Washington, D.C., location is the natural gas-powered Honda Civic GX. EV Rental Cars is adding 70 additional hybrid-electric vehicles to its Southern California fleet at Los Angeles International Airport later this summer. The all-new 2003 Honda Civic Hybrid — the first mainstream vehicle sold in North America equipped with a gasoline-electric hybrid powertrain – has earned EPA city/highway fuel economy ratings of 46/51 mpg. That’s 650 miles per tank. EV Rental Cars founded its rental program in December 1998 with 11 electric cars – primarily GM’s EV1, Honda’s EV Plus, and Toyota’s RAV4 EV – at Los Angeles International Airport. Since then, the fleet has grown to some 400 environmental cars at 14 airport locations around the country, including San Francisco, California, Phoenix, Arizona and Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Access
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