Green cars for rent at niche Los Angeles-based company


MPG Car Rental evolved from California Car Rental. The owners saw potential in offering only green cars and made the switch.

Their offerings include the Toyota Prius, Chevy Volt, Volkswagon's clean diesel models and their crown jewel - Tesla Model S.

Other car rental chains are adding green models as well. Enterprise has two locations locally, though neither is close to the airport. Hertz also has its "Green Traveler Collection" with a variety of models.

MPG Car Rental officials said because the company carries only green cars, you won't reserve a hybrid and end up with something else.

The company says its customers include travelers coming from Los Angeles International Airport and local residents.

"I needed a car. My car was going into the shop, and I found these guys right in the neighborhood," said Laura Lee, a local business owner. "It's very affordable."

Rates range from $35 to $99 dollars a day. The Tesla is $500 per day.

For those thinking about buying a Prius, MPG Car Rental offers a voucher customers can redeem at the dealership for the reimbursement of a rental up to four days.

Another advantage to going green?

"You're hardly putting any gas in when you return it," Lee said"

The cars are a small niche in the rental car world, but for customers who want to stay green while traveling or try some new technology locally, MPG Car Rental is a viable option.

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