Hotels have started installing electric charging stations or giving electric and hybrid car drivers’ discounts on parking fees.

The increasing price of gas has heightened customer awareness and interest in learning more about fuel efficient car rental options.

The following are a few examples of fuel efficient rental options now available:

· Avis Budget Group has purchased Chevy Volt electric cars for its New York’s LaGuardia Airport location as part of a pilot program. On a much broader basis the company is offering Environmental Protection Agency SmartWay Certified green cars that are known for being environmentally friendly based on their air pollution and greenhouse gas emissions.

· Enterprise offers Nissan Leaf and Chevy Volt electric cars at 50 Enterprise Rent-A-Car sites and as part of its car sharing programs. Electric cars are also available at a couple of Alamo locations. Including hybrid cars, Enterprise alternative fuel fleet makes up over 400 vehicles.

· Hertz Rent-A-Car has added electric cars in New York, San Francisco and Washington, as well as in China, London and Switzerland. More cities will be recipients of electric cars later this year. Hertz plans to try out a wireless charging station where cars will drive over a pad to get a charge.

As charging stations become easier to find rental agencies appear more receptive to adding electric cars to their fleets.

In 2010 there were 400 electric and 274,000 hybrid cars sold in the United States. In 2011 sales of electric cars increased to 12,700. Hybrid car sales last year were only 268,000 because the Japanese earthquake and tsunami shut down production.

By 2017 experts expect as many as 100,000 electric and over one million hybrid cars to be sold.

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