38% of global travellers thinking about hiring an electric or hybrid rental for their next trip, rising to nearly half (48%) of US travellers.
LONDON – Global travel marketplace Skyscanner is expanding its pioneering Greener Choices programme – first launched to label eco-friendly flight options – to its car hire vertical. Travellers searching for car rental across Skyscanner’s platforms will now be able to compare electric and hybrid options at their preferred destinations.
Electric and hybrid car rental options will feature Skyscanner’s familiar and easily identifiable green leaf icon in the search results and results can also be filtered to show only eco-friendly options. The expansion of the Greener Choice programme comes as new research reveals that nearly 40% of travellers are thinking about hiring an electric or hybrid vehicle for their next trip, rising to nearly half of US travellers.
The research also revealed the top concerns for providers to address in order to encourage more travellers to select this type of transport, over traditional (petrol or diesel) alternatives:
- Anxiety about charging point range/availability – 36%
- In-destination infrastructure not suitable – 32%
- Price – 31%
Paul Cummins, Head of Car Hire at Skyscanner commented: “Skyscanner has always helped travellers easily find the best prices and trip options to suit their travel needs, and now we’ve created an easy to use, hassle-free search feature for eco-conscious travellers looking to reduce their travel emissions and hire electric cars for their next trip.
“We expect to see demand for environmentally friendly car hire options grow as more car rental companies expand their electric, hybrid and fuel-efficient car ranges, coupled with improvements in the electric car hire infrastructure and availability of charging points.”
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