San Francisco Yellow Cabs has added 10 Ford Escape Hybrid SUVs to its fleet of taxis. San Francisco is the first city using hybrid SUVs as taxis.
The Escape Hybrids, which first took to the streets in December, are owned and operated by Yellow Cab Cooperative.
The Ford Escape Hybrid is ideal for our company. It gets better mileage in the city than on the highway, making it perfect for our streets, and its fuel economy is far better than other cabs in our fleet. And it’s roomier than other hybrids on the market.—Nate Dwiri, president of the Yellow Cab Co-op
In addition to the ten Ford Escape Hybrid taxis operated by the Yellow Cab Cooperative, Luxor Cab Company of San Francisco has begun running a fleet of five Escape Hybrid Taxis purchased earlier this year.
With the price of gasoline ticking upward, the fuel economy argument for hybrids is going to become more compelling for businesses with fleets. Hybrid fuel economy versus conventional fuel economy could prove the swing factor in profitability—absent trying to pass along price increases to customers.