Enterprise Rent-A-Car to offer biodiesel rentals

By | June 01, 2006
The company that will "pick you up" will now be picking up biodiesel.

Enterprise Rent-A-Car has announced a program to offer diesel Jeep Liberty Common Rail Diesels (CRDs) to its rental customers in the Portland, Ore., area. One of its branches has acquired five of the vehicles and is offering customers this environmentally friendly rental option.

"We have heard from a number of our customers that they have a keen interest in alternative fuels," said Kevin Neary, vice president and general manager for Enterprise's Oregon operations. "We're very pleased to respond by offering these biodiesel SUVs on a trial basis to consumers who may be checking out biodiesel as they look into purchasing their next vehicle, or who just want to experience these vehicles for themselves."

Enterprise said offering biodiesel is just one more way the company provides its customers with extra service and strives to accommodate customers' changing lifestyles.

The Liberty CRDs rented from the 1623 West Burnside Street location will have a full tank of B20. The B20 fuel is available at SeQuential stations around Portland. A brochure from SeQuential containing addresses and directions to biodiesel filling stations will be provided to customers when they receive the vehicle.

"We appreciate Enterprise's help in our mission to promote the economical and environmental benefits of domestically produced biofuel," said Tyson Keever, managing partner of SeQuential Biofuels LLC. "This pilot program will help raise awareness of the availability of biodiesel fuel and, we hope, drive further consumer demand for this cleaner burning alternative."
Based on demand for the biodiesel vehicles, Neary said more may be added to the local Enterprise fleet this summer. Customers can call to reserve these vehicles at (503) 220-8200.
Enterprise has more than 6,500 offices located throughout the United States, Canada, United Kingdom, Ireland and Germany. Enterprise is currently No. 16 on the Forbes "500 Largest Private Companies in America" list.

DaimlerChrysler, maker of the Liberty, has been a strong supporter of biodiesel by factory filling the Liberty CRDs with B5, and by endorsing B20 use in commercial fleet Dodge Rams.
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