One of the issues with going to the States for homeleave is having some mobility. We can't bring our cars with us for 3 weeks, 4 weeks, 6 weeks. So we rent. Renting a car for that length of time is a pricey proposition. And with the rising cost of fuel it's almost enough to tell us to just stay home.
Our neighbors are going to Atlanta this summer and facing not just 3 months of apartment living, but 3 months of car rentals and 3 months of filling up the tank to get themselves around the sprawling city. I did a little googling and learned that while it is still in its infancy, hybrid rentals are coming around, especially though Enterprise Rent-a-Car. At this point, it costs more per day to rent one (the options are too limited and the cars cost a bit more to join the fleet) but for long-term rentals they might be worth it. Unfortunately hybrids are still not widely available. Here's hoping by the time we get back the idea will have caught on.
17-JAN-2008: Enterprise-Rent-A-Car wants to do its part to save Mother Earth. But there's only so much it can do.
13-APR-2008: Enterprise Rent-A-Car Company opens 4 'green branches', Hybrid cars will be bulk of stores' lots