SANTA ANA, CA--(Marketwire - Oct 3, 2012) - As the demand for environmentally friendly vehicles continues to rise, Enterprise Holdings is meeting the need by delivering alternative-fuel vehicles to its customers. The company, which owns and operates the Enterprise Rent-A-Car, National Car Rental and Alamo Rent A Car brands, recently finalized a deal that provides Orange Courier, Inc., of Santa Ana with two compressed natural gas (CNG) delivery trucks.
The CNG trucks enable Orange Courier to respond to requests from customers to improve the sustainability of its operations, as it provides on-demand, same-day messenger, delivery and distribution services to customers around the globe.
"CNG delivery vehicles are a particularly effective way we can reduce the environmental impact of our business," said Orange Courier owner Evell Stanley. "Enterprise allows us to improve our operations and provide a new service offering to customers who are increasingly looking for environmentally sustainable business partners -- and do it without a large upfront investment."
According to the United States Department of Energy (DOE), natural gas vehicles emit 30 to 40 percent less greenhouse gas emissions and 60 to 90 percent less smog-producing pollutants than a traditional gasoline vehicle. Natural gas is also a domestically-produced and less-expensive alternative to gasoline and diesel fuels, with nearly 87 percent of the natural gas in the United States being produced domestically.
This announcement reaffirms Enterprise's commitment and efforts to embrace new technologies as they become widely available.
"Businesses that use alternative-fuel vehicles in their corporate fleets will lower their own carbon footprint and, in effect, improve the environmental footprint of their customers," said Greg Tabak, director of EV programs for Southern California, Enterprise Rent-A-Car. "Enterprise is working with all corporate customers to provide a total transportation solution, and part of that includes offering CNG and other sustainable alternatives."
In addition to offering customers alternative-fuel vehicles, Enterprise also supports renewable fuels research. Since 2006, Enterprise's owners, the Taylor family, have given $35 million to the Donald Danforth Plant Science Center and its Enterprise Rent-A-Car Institute for Renewable Fuels. At the Enterprise Institute, scientists are researching and developing new and sustainable methods of creating next-generation biofuels from nonfood crops that someday could be used to power cars, trucks and aircraft, reducing environmental impact and the nation's dependence on foreign fuel sources.
About Enterprise Holdings
Founded in 1957, Enterprise Holdings is the most comprehensive service provider in the car rental industry, operating -- through its regional subsidiaries -- the Alamo Rent A Car and National Car Rental brands as well as its flagship Enterprise Rent-A-Car brand in North America. Alamo, Enterprise and National -- which swept Executive Travel magazine's 2011 "Leading Edge Awards" for the top three car rental brands in the travel industry -- collectively lead with more than one-third of all airport business in the United States and Canada. The company also operates the Enterprise Rent-A-Car brand in the UK, Germany and Ireland, and a franchise network that operates the National and Alamo brands throughout the Americas. Enterprise Holdings recently acquired Citer SA in France and Atesa in Spain, and made a strategic investment in China-based eHi Auto Services.
Enterprise Holdings' worldwide network includes more than 7,700 neighborhood and airport locations, with 6,000 offices located within 15 miles of 90 percent of the U.S. population -- and more than twice as many locations as Enterprise Holdings' nearest U.S. competitor. With annual revenues of $14.1 billion and more than 70,000 employees, Enterprise Holdings owns and operates more than 1.2 million cars and trucks, making it the largest car rental company in the world measured by revenue, employees and fleet. Enterprise Holdings and its affiliates offer business and retail customers a total transportation solution, which includes hourly rental, car leasing, WeCar car sharing and Enterprise Rideshare vanpooling programs, as well as the Enterprise Car Sales and Enterprise Commercial Trucks business lines. For more information about St. Louis-based Enterprise Holdings, visit www.enterpriseholdings.com. For more information about Enterprise Holdings' Corporate Sustainability Report or the company's environmental stewardship and long-term commitment to the sustainability of its business, visit www.DrivingFutures.com and follow @LeeBroughton on Twitter. This news release and other announcements are available at the Enterprise Holdings press room.
About Orange Courier
Founded in 1988, Orange Courier is an on-demand messenger and delivery service provider. Offering a variety of transportation services including trucking, air freight and warehouse logistics distribution, Orange Courier is suited to carry anything from an important document to a full truckload and everything in between. With over 300 drivers in the field, a 150,000 square-foot facility and state-of-the-art operational systems, Orange Courier can meet their goal of providing the best on-time deliveries, knowledgeable customer service and competitive pricing. Follow us on Twitter at @OrangeCourierOC.