Even though driving a gas-powered car can be incredibly harmful to the environment, there are eco-friendly alternatives. Thankfully, more and more automotive manufacturers have recognized that a sizable percentage of drivers want clean vehicles and that relying on diminishing natural resources can't last forever.
If you're planning a trip or vacation, but have concerns over emissions, then fear not, as clean cars are now being made available by rental companies. You may even be able to find a cheap deal for the following vehicles thanks to car rental promotion codes.
The name of Nissan's all-electric zero emissions vehicle says it all, as LEAF is a backronym for Leading, Environmentally friendly, Affordable, Family car. Along with comfortably accommodating five people, the official range for the latest model is 75 miles according to the US Environmental Protection Agency.
Using a standard household outlet, the LEAF will gain around five miles of range per hour during recharging. Therefore, leaving the vehicle plugged in overnight should give you plenty of range for the next day.
There should be no concerns over safety either, as the LEAF was awarded "Top Safety Pick" by the Institute for Highway Safety in 2013.
Although the Toyota Prius gained fame as the world’s first mass-produced hybrid vehicle in 1997, it has continued to deliver in all departments and remains incredibly popular to this day.
Featuring a petrol engine that works alongside the in-built electric motor and battery, there is no need to worry about a lack of range. What's more, you'll enjoy a combined fuel economy of 50 MPG.
Another advantage of choosing the Prius is that availability and accessibility will be high wherever you are in the world.
Ford Escape Hybrid
If you require something a bit more adventurous and functional but don't want to sacrifice economy, then look no further than the Ford Escape Hybrid.
Offering more than your standard hatchback, this SUV is available at numerous rental car companies and is perfect for those on an action-packed vacation with the family.
Ford has also paid close attention to the interior materials in yet another sustainable measure. Foam in the seat cushions and head restraints is derived from soybeans, while the carpet is produced using a blend of materials acquired from recycled plastic bottles.