Yellow Cabs Going Green

New York City mayor Mayor Michael Bloomberg recently said that every yellow cab in New York will be a fuel-efficient hybrid by 2012. 375 of the 13,000 taxis in NYC are hybrid vehicles, and Bloomberg plans to increase the number of hybrid taxis by 20% each year until 2012.

The standard yellow-cab, the Ford Crown Victoria, gets 14 mpg; in contrast, hybrid Ford Escape taxis get 36 mpg. Generally, hybrid vehicles are more expensive, but the New York officials have said that the increase in fuel efficiency will save taxi drivers more than $10,000 a year.

Bloomberg also announced that stricter emissions and gas-mileage standards for taxis will be implemented in 2008.


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