New York’s taxi fleet will go all-hybrid by 2012, according to Mayor Michael Bloomberg. The mayor made the announcement on NBC’s Today show.
|Mayor Bloomberg (left) announces the hybridization of the taxi fleet.|
Currently, there are 375 hybrids in the 13,000-strong taxi fleet. That number will increase to 1,000 by October 2008 and then grow each year until 2012.
There’s an awful lot of taxicabs on the streets of New York City obviously, so it makes a real big difference. These cars just sit there in traffic sometimes, belching fumes; this does a lot less. It’s a lot better for all of us.—Mayor Bloomberg
The city will require all new taxis entering the fleet after October 2008 to achieve a minimum of 25 mpg. In 2009, all new vehicles must deliver 30 mpg and be a hybrid.
(A hat-tip to Allen!)