Founded in 1957 and known for its extensive network of car rental and car sharing locations, Enterprise Rent-A-Car is an internationally recognized brand, owned and operated by St. Louis-based Enterprise Holdings – which also owns and operates the Alamo Rent A Car and National Car Rental brands.
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With more than 5,500 offices located within 15 miles of 90 percent of the U.S. population, the Enterprise network is unique in its coast-to-coast neighborhood coverage as well as its ability to support local citizens, businesses and government leaders as they develop long-term transportation plans and advocate a more sustainable future for their hometowns. This includes many consumers who rely on mass transit or simply cannot afford to purchase or maintain a vehicle on their own, yet depend on local Virtual Car® rental service, including Enterprise car sharing, as a supplement during the week, plus on weekends and special occasions. In fact, Enterprise’s one-of-a-kind local car rental network provides the ideal channel for introducing and socializing new technologies, such as electric vehicles and the infrastructure to support them, as well as alternative fuels.
Enterprise also has a comprehensive environmental stewardship platform, led by the company’s head of corporate sustainability, Lee Broughton. Enterprise focuses on implementing sustainable practices across all areas of the company, including a commitment to reduce the impact of its fleet on the environment we all share. We know this approach leads to positive results for our business, our employees, our customers and the communities we serve. Among the highlights:
- Military Legacy: Enterprise’s rich and distinctive heritage dates back to St. Louis native and company founder, World War II veteran Jack Taylor. When he returned home after the war, Taylor went on to found the nation’s largest car rental company, Enterprise Rent-A-Car, named after his time served on the USS Enterprise aircraft carrier.
- Renewable Fuels: Working in conjunction with the Donald Danforth Plant Science Center in St. Louis, the Taylor Family, who owns Enterprise, made a commitment to the development of future fuels, giving $35 million to create and sustain the Enterprise Rent-A-car Institute for Renewable Fuels.
- Disaster Recovery: Enterprise Rent-A-Car has become an integral part of many cities’ local transportation infrastructure, particularly when natural disasters hit. During such critical times, our employees intuitively mobilize, quickly moving rental vehicles around the country into affected areas, and working with utility companies, government agencies, insurance adjusters and CAT (catastrophe) teams to get them on the road so they can get recovery and restoration processes under way. In addition, Enterprise supports certain relief projects or causes as they arise, such as natural disasters that affect our customers and our employees. For example, Enterprise worked with FEMA several days before Hurricane Irene hit to coordinate and relocate trucks and minivans for faster clean up efforts. In addition, Enterprise often deploys its Mobile Emergency Response Vehicle (MERV), a fully-equipped rental unit, to disaster zones so rental operations can resume and assist disaster recovery and community members.
- Tree Plantings: Working with the Arbor Day Foundation and the U.S. Forest Service, the Enterprise Holdings Foundation is underwriting the planting of 50 million trees over 50 years in State and National Forests throughout the countries where it operates.
- Electric Vehicles: Enterprise partners with all manufactures to introduce new vehicles and vehicle technologies to the driving public, offering the largest fleet of alternative fuel vehicles – including plug-in, electric, and hybrid vehicles – for rental.
- Strong Partners: Because Enterprise provides accessible, affordable and sustainable transportation options in thousands of communities of all sizes, we partner with organizations – such as the Transportation Sustainability Research Center, the Department of Energy’s Clean Cities initiative, the Corporate Eco Forum, and the Electrification Coalition – to help broaden discussions about local mobility. Together, we are all working to incorporate sustainability goals into comprehensive, long-term local transportation planning to better serve our communities.
- Philanthropy: The Enterprise Holdings Foundation gives back and strengthens thousands of communities through charitable support of worthwhile nonprofit initiatives that are actively supported by our employees, their spouses, and loyal customers. Enterprise endorses and underwrites a variety of initiatives and causes throughout the areas where the company operates in support of key focus areas, including providing a 50 percent match our of our employees’ contributions to United Way campaigns throughout these communities.