MPG Car Rental Adds Premier EV to All-Green LAX Fleet
MPG Car Rental, which bills itself as the only all-green fleet in Los Angeles, has added the Tesla Model S electric vehicle in preparation for the upcoming holiday season. “The new addition of the Tesla Model S Electric cars to the MPG fleet represents their commitment to stay current with the latest green technologies for forward-thinking travelers in Los Angeles,” the company says.
The no-engine, all-battery car rents for a cool $499.99 per day.
MPG also offers the BMW i3, Volkswagen Jetta TDI, Chevy Volt, Honda Insight, Toyota Camry Hybrid, Toyota Prius and large SUVs such as the Toyota Highlander Hybrid, and Chevy Tahoe Hybrid.
Rental Can Be Applied to Purchase
MPG has a purchase program too, under which fours days’ rental may be applied to the buy of one of the green models.
Separately, Tesla chief Elon Musk said in a blog post that, a recent well publicized battery fire in a Model S notwithstanding, all-electric cars are far safer than gasoline cars when it comes to the risk of burning.
The fire followed the car’s hitting a heavy metal object that fell from a truck, Musk said, continuing, “It is important to note that the fire in the battery was contained to a small section near the front by the internal firewalls built into the pack structure. At no point did fire enter the passenger compartment.
Safer than Gasoline, Says Musk
“Had a conventional gasoline car encountered the same object on the highway, the result could have been far worse,” he continued. “A typical gasoline car only has a thin metal sheet protecting the underbody, leaving it vulnerable to destruction of the fuel supply lines or fuel tank, which causes a pool of gasoline to form and often burn the entire car to the ground.
“In contrast, the combustion energy of our battery pack is only about 10% of the energy contained in a gasoline tank and is divided into 16 modules with firewalls in between. As a consequence, the effective combustion potential is only about 1% that of the fuel in a comparable gasoline sedan…
“For consumers concerned about fire risk,” he said, citing National Fire Protection Association statistics, “there should be absolutely zero doubt that it is safer to power a car with a battery than a large tank of highly flammable liquid.”
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