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Hybrids in the News

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  • larsblarsb Posts: 8,204
    Let's see what a quick web search finds:

    Well, we know NYC and SF both have extensive hybrid taxi fleets.

    Boston in September had it's first hybrid taxi.

    LA has some too.

    Lufkin, TX has a hybrid taxi service online.

    Ford has presented a Hybrid taxi study to Austin city leaders.

    Chicago's Escape hybrid test taxi program involves a one-year evaluation of one Escape hybrid taxi given to the Department of Consumer Services. The department's plan is to use the hybrid taxi to educate the public and cab drivers about the benefits of hybrid taxis before the city's June 2007 mandate that taxi companies incorporate hybrids into their fleets.

    So, it looks like it is catching on in various cities. Maybe a little slower than it should be, but progress seems to be ongoing.
  • larsblarsb Posts: 8,204
    Pennsylvania drivers, get your hybrid rebates while they're HOT!!

    LOWER MERION TOWNSHIP, Pa., Oct. 19 /PRNewswire/ -- Pennsylvania already has awarded more than a quarter of the $500 rebates available this fiscal year under a first-come, first-serve program for state residents who purchase new hybrid electric vehicles, Environmental Protection Secretary Kathleen A. McGinty announced today.
    "More and more Pennsylvanians are making a difference by demanding cleaner cars that get better gas mileage," McGinty said.
  • gagricegagrice San DiegoPosts: 31,133
    Well, we know NYC and SF both have extensive hybrid taxi fleets.

    Hmm the article I read about NYC taxis was not what you would call extensive. They had to fight tooth and nail to get 18 Escape Hybrids allowed by the taxi police. It seems that NYC only allows 11,787 taxis to be licensed. The board felt the Escape was not roomy enough. He is trying to get a license for one more Escape hybrid. It costs about $222,000 to get a permit for a taxi in NYC.

    Not sure about other cities. San Diego taxis use a lot of CNG which of course is cheaper and cleaner than a hybrid.

    http://www.schallerconsult.com/taxi/taxi2.htm#introduction
  • gagricegagrice San DiegoPosts: 31,133
    Our own XCEL leads a record run in a Honda Insight. 2254 miles at an average 150.0 MPG. Pretty darn good I would say. Go Wayne!

    150 MPG Insight
  • PF_FlyerPF_Flyer Pennsylvania Furnace, PAPosts: 7,832
    As we are moving away from these large discussions with thousnads of posts, I'll use the last two posts here as a natural break point to start the new Hybrids: The new "muscle car"? discussion. Continue your discussion of that premise there.

    As news items come up concerning hybrids, please feel free to start new discussions to discuss those articles and the issues they bring up. When the next item comes up, we'll handle that in a new discussion as well. But we will no longer be having these general, everything in one huge pile type of discussions.

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