Hertz is adding 3,400 Prius hybrids to its Green Collection of rental cars.
The hybrid vehicles will begin to arrive in Hertz’s fleet this month and will be available for rent at 50 major US airport locations, as well as in Manhattan, at a starting rate of $50 per weekend day.
One hundred of the new hybrid vehicles will be allocated specifically to the New York City fleet, including Manhattan Hourly Rentals, a program Hertz launched in April 2007. Hertz already rents hybrid vehicles throughout Europe: in Belgium, France, Germany, Italy, the Netherlands, Spain and the United Kingdom.
Hertz also announced that it is donating $1 million to the National Park Foundation and $250,000 to New York City environmental initiatives.
Competitor Avis told Bloomberg that is will add 1,000 Prius hybrids to its rental fleet, at a rate of $69.95/day, depending on location and time of year. Avis said the hybrids will be available in California, Seattle and Portland, Oregon.
Last week, Enterprise Rent-A-Car said that it already runs more than 3,000 hybrids in its fleet. Furthermore, it is deploying the 41,000 flex-fuel light-duty vehicles in its rental fleet in locations near E85 fueling stations to increase the chance that the vehicles will be run on the alternative fuel. Enterprise is also beginning to offer hourly rentals in select locations.