Boston Brings in First Hybrid Taxis
2 October 2006
The City of Boston has launched Boston CleanAir Cabs, a program to replace ordinary taxis with cleaner vehicle technology. Boston’s first Hybrid Taxi, a Camry hybrid owned by Boston Cab Association, is now in service.
Boston taxi owners can replace ordinary vehicles with hybrid-electric or alternative fuel vehicles. The Boston Police Department’s Hackney Division has committed to allow three pre-approved vehicle models to be used as taxis for the Boston CleanAir Cabs program: the hybrid Toyota Camry, the hybrid Ford Escape and the CNG Ford Crown Victoria.
Boston CleanAir Cabs will have a unique green stripe on the vehicle, indicating that the taxi is cleaner for the environment and reduces public health impacts.
MassPort, a project partner on Boston CleanAir Cabs, has committed to develop incentives such as reduced airport access fees and reduced queuing time for drivers at Logan Airport.
The City of Boston recently reached a milestone in its use of biodiesel in its diesel engine fleet—250,000 blended gallons of ultra low sulfur diesel (ULSD) the cleanest petroleum-based diesel available mixed with 5% biodiesel (B5).
The mayor uses a CNG vehicle, and has amended the city’s vehicle procurement policy to require new purchases to be alternative fuel vehicles, hybrid-electric vehicles, or vehicles of higher fuel economy.
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