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Hertz aims to go green with new Clean Energy partnership

Posted on Thursday 23 December 2010 in Los Angeles

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Hertz is going green by installing natural gas stations for its shuttle buses.  - Los Angeles Travel News

Famed rental company Hertz has signed a partnership with Clean Energy Fuel Corporation to build and supply compressed natural gas (CNG) stations at their Los Angeles Airport site. The stations will be operated mainly for shuttle buses between LAX and the car rental site, but will still be open to the public 24/7.

"Partnering with Clean Energy reinforces our mission to minimize the environmental impact from our operations and we're excited to be able to support our shuttle fleet while also allowing other airport entities access to the CNG station," said Mark P. Frissora, chief executive officer of the Hertz Corporation.

CNG not only costs less than gasoline, it reduces greenhouse emissions by up 25 percent. According to James Harger, Clean Energy's chief marketing officer, airports are quickly switching to natural gases for fuel, especially when using ground transportation vehicles such as shuttle buses. This, in turn, decreases the need for oil imports, fuel costs and pollution.

Construction on the facility will begin in March 2011 and completed soon after. Hertz hopes to make its Los Angeles car hire site transit using only green CNG power by 2015.

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