Hertz has gone green, adding $68 million worth of hybrid vehicles to its rental fleet.
It's called The Green Collection, and it totals 3,400 hybrid vehicles nationwide by the end of this year, 2008. Of those, 100 are being added to the fleet in New York City.
The Hertz Corporation is the world's largest general-use car rental company, so this is both a financial commitment and a worthy environmental initiative.
The hybrids are the Toyota Prius, the best-selling hybrid in the USA.
The Hertz hybrids join more than 100-thousand other vehicles in the rental fleet that meet EPA SmartWayTM certification, which indicates lower emissions of air pollutants and greenhouse gases. The Toyota Prius has been awarded the EPA's highest honor, SmartWay EliteTM status.
That means more than 64 percent (268,000 cars) of the Hertz rental fleet racks up 28 mpg or greater fuel efficiency. That's a better corporate-wide fuel economy average than some of the manufacturers whose vehicles Hertz buys and rents to us.
So, the next time you need to rent a car, call Hertz and reserve a great green drive.