Electric rental cars now available at Hertz

Folks who need a rental car that uses zero gasoline can turn to Hertz Rental, at 132 Center St. in Santa Cruz. Ecology Action has been working with local car rental centers to add plug-in electric vehicles to their fleets. Hertz now has two for renters to choose from. The addition of electric vehicle to car rental sites hopes to accommodate the environmentally minded, as well as those who are thinking about buying an all electric vehicle but want to try it out before taking the plunge. The effort is part of Ecology Action’s PEV Access & Education campaign to provide access and education to local drivers. It's funded by the Monterey Bay Unified Air Pollution Control District and sponsored by the City of Santa Cruz. The news comes as the market for electric vehicle in the U.S. dramatically expands as drivers seeks to save money on gas and reduce their carbon emissions. In Santa Cruz, the city estimates 47 percent of the greenhouse gases in the atmosphere comes from vehicle tailpipe emissions. To facilitate easy travel for non-polluting plug-in electric vehicles, the Monterey Bay Area has more than 50 vehicle charging stations to serve plug-in electric vehicle users. Ecology Action is joining The Monterey Bay Electric Vehicle Alliance in hosting a free workshop that aims to help people learn more about electric vehicles and whether that genre of car can fit into their lifestyles. The workshop is 5-6:30 p.m. Thursday, June 27 at Ecology Action's office, at 877 Cedar St., Santa Cruz. For information, call Ecology Action at 425-5925. Learn more about plug-in electric vehicles online at MBEVA.org.
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