With more and more people becoming aware of the need to reduce our carbon footprint, it is no wonder that the rental car industry is also hopping on board. After all, if airlines can build more fuel efficient planes and reduce their carbon emissions, it is only sensible that rental companies offer the same benefit to their customers.
What is an eco-friendly car?
Sometimes called green cars or hybrid cars, an eco-friendly car is one that produces less carbon emissions than a conventional car and so has less of an impact on the environment. This type of car is very fuel efficient (so it uses less petrol to run) and uses an alternative fuel from a renewable energy source.
Rental agencies tend to use either a fully electric car or a hybrid car, although hydrogen cars and solar powered cars do exist, these are not generally offered by rental companies.
Pros and cons of electric cars
An electric car doesn’t have the usual combustion engine, instead it uses an electric motor powered by electricity from rechargeable batteries. Electric cars are much quieter than normal cars and don’t produce any noxious exhaust fumes.
Some of these cars also have regenerative braking, which means that when you brake, the battery is partially recharged and you can travel hundreds of kilometers before needing to recharge. The problem with a fully electric car is that it can take hours to fully recharge the car and you have to find stations where recharging is available.
Pros and cons of hybrid cars
The lack of recharging stations is one reason why hybrid cars are so popular, in comparison to fully electric cars. This is because a hybrid has both a combustion engine like normal cars and an electric motor.
With both systems in place hybrid cars use less fuel and produce less harmful emissions than a conventional car and with regenerative braking, they recharge the electric motor from the combustion engine. This means that you have the benefit of two fuel sources, low fuel emissions and no worries about finding a recharge station.
Of course, reduced fuel consumption also reduces your costs, so hiring a hybrid car helps you to cut your travelling costs as well.
Where can I hire a hybrid car?
Most large car rental companies like DriveNow offer affordable eco-friendly rental cars in the UK, Australia, New Zealand and the US. Not only you can find the best competitive rental rates, you’re also cutting down CO2 emissions. So on your next trip, remember to investigate the new hybrid cars and you can help to save the environment and put money in your pocket as well.