As a good corporate citizen, Avis is trying harder to manage the environmental aspects of our business, and to ensure the responsible use of natural resources.
Beyond SmartWay® certified vehicles and an earth-friendly fleet, we have established smart company policies for water, energy, noise, use of natural resources, landfill contribution and other areas in which we impact the environment.
Environmental responsibility is one of our top priorities as we help make the world a little greener.
It's just one more reason why Avis Is Your Other Car.
At Avis, we do our best to meet our customers' dynamic and varied travel needs. We know you want fast, convenient service and dependable cars - and you've also expressed a growing interest and concern about the environmental impact of travel. Avis proudly has initiated greener business practices as well as innovative company initiatives that make it easy for all of us to do our part - plus you'll save on fuel costs while you help keep the planet clean!
Choose from our specialty fleet of energy-wise Eco-Rides
Rent Smarter. Save money by filling up less often! About two-thirds of the 2013 model year vehicles in the Avis fleet have a fuel efficiency rating of 28 miles per gallon or better (highway). About half of our fleet (approximately 150,000 vehicles) is rated at 30 miles per gallon (highway) or better. A full 100 percent of Avis' economy, 83% compact, and 67 percent intermediate car classes have met stringent U.S. EPA guidelines and are U.S. EPA SmartWay Certified.
Avis Eco-Rides. Our specialty Eco-Rides fleet is especially earth-friendly because it's exclusively comprised of hybrids or SmartWay Elite certified vehicle. Avis now has gas/electric hybrid vehicles in our Eco-Rides fleet.
Newer, Well-Maintained Fleet. Avis vehicles are more energy efficient than older or poorly-maintained vehicles, and that keeps fuel costs low! Our car fleet averages less than six months on the road and our vehicles undergo regular preventive maintenance and emission inspections.
Smart Car Washes. All new Avis car wash systems recycle and reuse at least 80% of wastewater. In addition, Avis recycles used motor oil, oil filters, parts and brake cleaner fluids at our corporate maintenance facilities.
We encourage each of our renters to help reduce vehicle emissions from your rental car by using these popular Avis services:
eToll™: Avis offers electronic toll collection services in more cars and more cities than any other company, so you can skip cash payment lines and use automated toll collection lanes. Published studies have shown that electronic toll collection reduces hydrocarbons and carbon monoxide emissions by 40-63%, and reduces emissions of nitrogen oxides by 16%. (Site source: Saka, A. and Agbob, D. (2002).Assessment of the Impact of Electronic Toll Collection on Mobile Emissions in the Baltimore Area, Morgan State University.
GPS by Garmin® Use less fuel and produce fewer emissions by using convenient GPS navigation. When you follow step-by-step GPS directions, you're less likely to get lost - and real-time traffic alerts help you avoid roadway bottlenecks - allowing drivers to use the most direct and efficient route to your final destination.
Avis is working with Carbonfund.org, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that is leading the fight against global warming, making it easy and affordable for any individual, business or organization to eliminate their climate impact and hastening the transformation to a clean energy future. Carbonfund.org achieves its goals through:
Carbon offsets and reductions
Climate change education
We are all responsible for carbon dioxide emissions every day, whether it's by driving, heating and cooling our homes, watching TV, or cooking on the grill. In fact, the average American is responsible for over 50,000 pounds of CO2 emissions each year.
Carbon offsets represent the reduction of CO2 emissions in one place to compensate for CO2 emissions from your energy-using activities (called your "carbon footprint").
Through Carbonfund.org, Avis renters can make their daily, weekly, or monthly rental car use "carbon neutral." Carbonfund.org supports carbon-reducing projects such as renewable energy, energy efficiency and reforestation projects. You can offset your Avis rental by making your donation to Carbonfund.org today. 100% of your donation to Carbonfund.org is tax-deductible.