Replacing the conventional alternator with a more efficient motor-generator, the micro-hybrid system enables a start/stop function. Ricardo estimates that if every New York City taxi had such a micro-hybrid system, the combined fuel savings would be approximately 10.8 million gallons per year.
Ricardo in involved in a number of hybrid projects, including HyTrans in the UK (earlier post), which is focused on the development of a diesel micro-hybrid delivery van.
The Taxi 07 project was mounted last year by the Design Trust for Public Space in partnership with the NYC Taxi & Limousine Commission as a way to facilitate innovative new cab designs and propose improvements to the technologies, regulations, and public spaces that support the taxi system.
The purpose of the exhibit at NYIAS is to highlight greener, more user-friendly, and more accessible vehicles that could become the taxi of the future.