Rent a Hybrid Car for Your Cornell Business Travel

Cornell faculty and staff have many hybrid car choices for renting vehicles...


Rent a hybrid car for your Cornell business travel

Cornell University faculty and staff members have many choices for renting vehicles to attend conferences, off-site meetings, and other business travel. Did you know that renting a hybrid vehicle is one of the options available to you? Procurement Services has negotiated rates for hybrid vehicles with Avis, Budget, Enterprise, Hertz, and National. Additionally, Cornell Fleet Services has hybrid cars available for the Cornell community to rent.

When should you rent a vehicle for business travel rather than using your own?

When business travel exceeds 100 miles, you should rent a car from a Cornell supplier or Fleet Services so that you are covered under Cornell's collision and liability insurance rather than your own personal insurance. Also, renting gives you access to other services, such as emergency roadside assistance and global positioning systems (GPS). In the case of Fleet Services, the rental and fuel charges are automatically billed to your department, thereby eliminating the need for reimbursement.

Why should you consider renting a hybrid vehicle?

Renting a hybrid helps the university achieve its goal of being carbon neutral by 2050. President Skorton has committed Cornell to measuring and reducing greenhouse gas emissions. Hybrid vehicles save 35% on emissions compared to regular gas-powered vehicles and using them saves your department money on fuel, which more than offsets the slightly higher rental rate. Cars that are available from Cornell suppliers include Toyota Prius, Honda Insight, Toyota Camry, Nissan Altima, and Chevy Volt. All of the car rental suppliers have reported an increase in usage and overall acceptance by the Cornell community. Think green and continue to keep up the good work!

Quick Facts

Toyota Prius: Offers an Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)-estimated 51 miles per gallon (mpg) city/48 mpg highway. It's powered by an engine, electric motor, or a combination of both. It automatically selects the most efficient.
Honda Insight: Offers an EPA-estimated 41 mpg city/44 mpg highway. Has Eco Assist to boost fuel efficiency.
Toyota Camry Hybrid: Offers an EPA-estimated 43 mpg city.
Nissan Altima: Offers an EPA-estimated 27 mpg city/38 mpg highway.
Chevy Volt: Offers an EPA-estimated 62 mpg combined. It's powered by an engine, electric motor, or a combination of both. Available only through Fleet Services.

For more information on vehicle rentals, please visit our Vehicle and Charter Rentals supplier pages.

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