June 7, 2007
Enterprise Rent-A-Car announces ‘green’ initiatives
St. Louis, Missouri – Enterprise Rent-A-Car has announced a new environmental stewardship platform that features several long-term initiatives, including a fleet of flexible fuel and hybrid vehicles, and a commitment to alternative fuels research.
“We know that more and more consumers expect the companies that serve them to share their concerns about the environment,” says Andrew Taylor, chairman and CEO. “For our company and our industry to be successful, we must address those concerns while also working to sustain our business over the long term.”
The company says it has more fuel-efficient cars on the road than any other rental company worldwide, with 47 per cent of its fleet, or more than 334,000 vehicles, averaging at least 28 mpg US (8.4 L/100 km). In addition, 28 per cent of its worldwide rental fleet, or more than 199,000 vehicles, averages at least 32 mpg US (7.3 L/100 km). A third of the vehicles in the company’s U.S. fleet also qualify for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s SmartWay certification mark, which the EPA grants to vehicles that emit relatively low levels of both regulated pollutants and greenhouse gases such as carbon dioxide.
In 2006, Enterprise launched its FlexFuel initiative, which is aimed at maximizing the use of more than 41,000 flexible fuel cars and light trucks that have the ability to use E85. The company is actively deploying as many of its FlexFuel vehicles as possible near E85 fuelling stations. Enterprise also operates more than 3,000 gasoline-electric hybrid vehicles.