Hawaii offers travelers four main islands to enjoy. No matter which island you choose to vacation on, you’ll find a treasure trove of aesthetic pleasures and incredible adventure. If you’re truly going to see it all you’ll want to rent a car. And if you want to see it all without the carbon footprint of a standard vehicle, consider renting a hybrid or electric car (EV). But at present, availability is limited to the island of Oahu and Maui.
Enterprise currently offers hybrid and electric vehicles (EV) on the Hawaiian of Maui and also on Oahu, the most populated of the Hawaiian Islands where Honolulu is located. On Oahu, you’ll find 7 Oahu locations offering hybrid cars and three electric car rental location. On Maui, there are presently 4 Maui locations offering Hybrid vehicles.
100% Electric Cars - Just as the name implies, an electric car is powered by electricity. Electric cars are plugged into and charged via a special charging station. Pure 100% electric cars have zero emmissions and operate on electricity alone.
Enterprise offers the all electric Nissan LEAF (pictured to the left) to travelers looking to avoid the pump. There’s no need to fill these cars up with expensive gasoline because they don’t require it. This electric car can be charged at select locations on Oahu and Maui. When traveling the flower-lined streets of Hawaii, with an all electric car, you’ll have more opportunities to sight-see by saving yourself time and money by not havingt to stop and add fuel to the tank.
Electric Cars with a gas engine backup - Certain electric cars also feature a small gas engine backup. In this case, the term ~ electric car ~ may seem misleading because this is a type of electric car that also has a gas engines and it is still considered to be an electric car. These electric cars that have a gas engine backup are not considered to be hybrid vehicles. Some experts believe this is splitting hairs. Even though the drive wheels are 100% electric powered, they have a small gasoline engine as a backup to not only charge low batteries but to also give additional gas-powered electricity to an additional electric motor to help power the vehicle at high speeds of 70+ mph or up a steep incline. it mat be the best of both worlds.
In the case of electric cars with an electric motor-battery-gas engine combo, some manufacturers still consider and call their cars electric vehicles. They claim this is because there is no direct linkage between the gas engine and the drive wheels, but only to the batteries and an additional electric motor. The Chevrolet Volt is such a car. Moreover, this latter application does require there be a gas tank and the need to add fuel to the car for this backup gasoline engine. This ensures your car will continue to run, even if the battery gets low. Suffice to say, electric cars that have a gas engine require infrequent fueling. Still, despite having duel sources of power (fuel and electricity), these cars get incredible mileage, are better for the environment than a gas-powered vehicle, and are sure to save you money.
A hybrid car uses two energy sources, to ensure toxic emissions are lessoned. It also ensures you don’t blow all of your vacation savings on expensive fuel charges, especially with gas prices in Hawaii over $4.00 per gallon. Not only does a hybrid rental car ensure you’ll spend less on fuel, it also means you’re doing something good for the environment.
Enterprise has the Toyota Prius (pictured to the left) as its Hawaii hybrid car offering on the island of Oahu and Maui.
Hawaii’s a beautiful place, and you’ll rest easy knowing you’re doing your part to ensure it stays that way. Your energy efficient hybrid vehicle releases significantly less carbon dioxide into the atmosphere. Carbon dioxide, or CO2, is necessary for plants to grow, but an abundance of CO2 in the atmosphere leads to global climate change, most notably polar ice caps melting, severe swings in weather, as well as other negative environmental damage.
Unlike standard vehicles, hybrid vehicles emit less toxins and CO2 into the environment. The efficiency of these cars leads to less pollution, less greenhouse gasses, and a significant reduction in tailpipe emissions. With better fuel economy and less fuel consumption you’ll also save money on gas. Compared to traditional vehicles, it’s easy to see why there’s been an increased demand for hybrid rental cars.
(Hybrid only. Availability is quite limited and Hybrid rentals are often sold out).
At the present time, Hawaii Car Rentals is not contracted to offer hybrid or electric cars in Hawaii. However, both of these types of green vehicles may be rented in Hawaii as well as the U.S. Mainland and internationally through our sister site, www. Discount Car Rentals Online.com. Unfortunately, because hybrids are in such high demand, our usual corporate discounts, waivers, bonuses, and other such promotions are not available. The money saved on gas should make up the difference of a promotional discount. Plus, wouldn't it be fun to drive a green car for a change?
Depending on where you’ll be staying, there are a number of Enterprise locations. Simply fill out the online form. But it’s important to keep in mind that there is a limited supply of hybrid and electric rental cars. You’ll want to book far in advance to ensure you get the rental you desire. This is not a case where you should wait until the last minute. Green cars are very popular, but there simply aren’t as many of them. Book your rental car as soon as you begin planning your vacation.