, a smallish rental agency on the West Coast that rents nothing but hybrids
, is doing quite well for itself. EV Rental has 425 hybrids and the cars
are rented out 90 percent of the time (compared with 80 to 85 percent for most rental agencies). EV Rental can also charge about $10 more a day than other agencies' comparable non-hybrid vehicles. The company turned a profit last year, and the EV Rental CEO told the Wall Street Journal
that this year should be even better. The Journal writes that while things are looking rosy now, the future is uncertain. Gas prices
could go down, the paper says (we say, "Huh?") or the larger rental agencies could invest in hybrids when more are available from the automakers. For now, the larger agencies don't see many hybrids in their fleets' futures.
[Source: The Wall Street Journal via the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette]