National Clean Fleets Partner: Enterprise Holdings
Strategies & Technologies
Joined the National Clean Fleets Partnership: June 2011
Headquarters: St. Louis, MO
Operations: Enterprise Holdings has more than 9,000 fully staffed neighborhood and airport locations in more than 70 countries and territories.
Enterprise Holdings operates the largest fleet of vehicles in the world through a global network of more than 9,000 fully staffed airport and neighborhood locations under the Enterprise Rent-A-Car, National Car Rental and Alamo Rent A Car brands. As the largest car rental company in the world as measured by revenue, fleet and employees, Enterprise Holdings and its affiliates own and operate more than 1.7 million cars and trucks.
Through more than 6,200 locations within 15 miles of 90 percent of the U.S. population, Enterprise Holdings is uniquely positioned to provide customers with unmatched access to fuel-efficient vehicles. For example, Enterprise partnered with the Electrification Coalition and area travel industry partners to launch Drive Electric Orlando − an initiative that makes electric vehicles and charging infrastructure more accessible to vacationers.
The company’s commitment to a fuel-efficient fleet includes an investment in advancing the alternative fuels and clean technologies of tomorrow, with a focus on fuels derived from plant and algal sources. Enterprise joined forces with the Donald Danforth Plant Science Center, the largest independent plant research center in the world, to establish the Enterprise Rent-A-Car Institute for Renewable Fuels. In addition, the Enterprise Holdings Foundation established an endowment for sustainable energy research at the University of Missouri.
Enterprise Holdings is the first major company in the car rental industry to set a goal of shifting its shuttle bus fleet to cleaner fuel. Today, nearly all of Enterprise’s airport shuttle buses run on biodiesel, synthetic diesel, compressed natural gas or are hybrid models.
The company believes that the best sustainable transportation solutions will be those that address the social, political and environmental concerns associated with fossil fuels – while at the same time proving to be economically viable.
Clean Fleet News
ORLANDO – Drive Electric Orlando (DEO), Enterprise Rent-A-Car, Chevrolet, the Orlando Utilities Commission (OUC), and 14 of the city’s top community and business leaders gathered to announce the expansion of Orlando’s plug-in electric vehice (PEV) car rental fleet to include the addition of 14 new Chevrolet Volt PEVs to Enterprise’s local rental offering. America’s most visited city—hosting 60 million travelers a year—will put thousands behind the wheel of an EV for extended test drives, promoting adoption nationwide.
The announcement comes during National Drive Electric Week, an annual celebration taking place in cities and communities across the country to raise awareness and support for electric vehicles. Orlando’s business and community leaders, including Visit Orlando, Walt Disney Word, Universal Orlando Resort, the Orange County Convention Center, Westgate Resorts, the Hyatt Regency Hotel, Orlando, Inc. and the Aloft Hotel, not only participated in the day’s event, but also lined up to rent the new electric vehicles for day-long “extended test drives” as a sign of their support for the program.
“Here in Orlando, we pride ourselves on being a sustainable, cutting edge community and a place where leadership and partnership come together to do amazing things and tackle big challenges,” said Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer. “That’s one of the reasons why we’re proud to show national leadership when it comes to sustainability, and that includes advancing the adoption of electric cars both here in our backyard and across America.”
“We know that the car rental experience is often an extended test drive, so we are committed to offering our customers exposure to the latest vehicle technologies,” said Nathan Prior, Director of Business Rental Sales for Enterprise in Orlando. “Growing our fleet of electric vehicles in Orlando marks the next level of our support for Drive Electric Orlando’s mission to promote the adoption of EVs.”
“Chevrolet is looking forward to having the Volt participate in Drive Electric Orlando,” said Britta Gross, GM’s Director of Advanced Vehicle Commercialization Policy. “This hands-on approach of putting consumers in the driver’s seat of an electric car is a great way for many to experience the joy—and smart cost savings—of driving electric!”
“The Drive Electric Orlando initiative is an opportunity for visitors to experience something fun and new, while also skipping the gas lines and reducing their environmental impact,” said Visit Orlando President and CEO George Aguel. “Visit Orlando is pleased to join efforts with our official partner Enterprise Rent-A-Car and our local hotels and attractions to support this industry-leading movement.”
Partnering with the biggest names in travel and tourism—from vehicle rental and automotive companies to theme parks, hotels, and more—Drive Electric Orlando gives the city’s visitors the opportunity to experience the performance and value of driving electric vehicles. In March 2015, the U.S. Department of Energy announced that DEO, in partnership with the Florida Office of Energy, would a receive $400,000 grant to continue its work in the Orlando area to expand the impact of the program.
The 14 new Chevy Volts are now available for rent in Enterprise’s Orlando fleet, and the company expects to add more in the future. The Volt runs on both electricity and gasoline, traveling about 40 miles on battery power alone before seamlessly switching to gas power for longer trips. With more than 300 places to “plug in” across the region, including more than 140 OUC public EV charging stations, visitors can go to and from area hotels and attractions without using a drop of gasoline. For those more distant trips, the Volt has a total combined range of 380 miles.
Drive Electric Orlando works with the City of Orlando, Orange County, travel companies, the major theme parks and over 35 hotels to provide charging infrastructure for EV renters, as well as benefits like free charging, parking, and other perks for business travelers and vacationers. The initiative is part of a broader effort to reduce oil demand in transportation and increase American economic and national security by promoting the widespread adoption of electric vehicles. As part of the partnership, the Central Florida Clean Cities Coalition will help with outreach to its stakeholders, as well as collaborate with other Clean Cities Coalitions in U.S. markets that are key feeders for the Orlando tourism industry.
For more information, see the full press release.
- Drive Electric Orlando
- Enterprise Holdings Corporate Website
- Enterprise Rent-A-Car Institute for Renewable Fuels
- Mizzou Weekly: Enterprise Gives MU Unrestricted $2 Million Gift
- Press Release: Drive Electric Orlando and Enterprise Expand One of America’s Largest Electric Car Rental Programs
For additional information, contact the Clean Cities National Clean Fleets Partnership account manager, Mark Smith.