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Hybrid car joins Ohio University's rental car fleet

ATHENS, Ohio (Nov. 8, 2006) --The first hybrid car in the Ohio University motor pool will make its debut at 11 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 11, when the Sustainable Living Organization carpools its members to the Athens County Farmers Market. 

The 2007 Honda Civic Hybrid is now available for long and short-term rental usage as part of Ohio University's motor pool. It uses both battery power and unleaded gasoline, averaging about 60 miles per gallon, which can substantially lower the cost of fuel for the consumer. 

The motor pool, part of the university's Transportation Services, offers a variety of mid- and full-sized cars, as well as mini-vans, cargo vans and 15-passenger vans. Vehicles, which must be used for official university business or student organization activities, can be reserved for rent.

Sherry Barnes, director of Transportation and Parking Services, is very excited to include the new hybrid into the rental car fleet for a couple of reasons. 

"I feel that this sends a message that energy reduction is important," Barnes said. "We will also reduce overall operation and maintenance expenses."

The hybrid will rent for $16 per day and 35 cents per mile.

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Media Contact: Jerrie Allman, with Ohio University motor pool fleet, at (740) 593-1611 or allman@ohio.edu, or Media Relations Coordinator Jessica Stark, (740) 597-2938 or starkj@ohio.edu

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