|Electric PT Cruiser taxi.|
Hybrid Technologies, a manufacturer of lithium-ion-powered aftermarket conversions, plans to build a taxi version of its battery-powered PT Cruiser, pursuant to negotiations with the New York City Taxi and Limousine Commission (TLC). The Taxi Commission will vote on this project at a scheduled commission meeting.
Once approved by all parties, the taxi will be in regular service operated by a fleet. New York City’s first hybrid taxis—a mini-fleet of six Ford Escape hybrids—officially entered operation in November 2005. (Earlier post.)
We still need to work with the Taxi Commission prior to placing this vehicle in service; however, so far we have received highly supportive feedback.—Holly Roseberry, President of Hybrid Technologies
Hybrid Technologies is currently producing lithium PT Cruisers to serve as taxi units for Paratransit, a large, California-based transportation non-profit.
The lithium PT Cruisers use a 320V battery pack that weighs 272 kg (600 pounds) and offers a cycle life of more than 1,500 charges. The taxi has a range of up to 150 miles, and can be fully charged in 5–6 hours using a conventional 110 volt current, according to the company.
According to the New York City Taxi and Limousine Commission, each New York taxi averages nearly 100,000 miles of driving annually.