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NYC Taxi Fleet Fully Hybrid by 2012

May 23, 2007

Source: NYC.gov

Mayor Bloomberg announced new emissions and mileage standards for yellow taxicabs that will lead to a fully hybrid fleet by 2012.  Currently there are only 375 hybrid vehicles in the City's taxi fleet.  By October 2008, the number of hybrids in the fleet will triple.

The Ford Crown Victoria, the current workhorse of the taxicab fleet, achieves only 14 miles per gallon (mpg).  After October 2008, all new vehicles entering the fleet must achieve a minimum of 25 mpg, and after October 2009, all new vehicles must achieve a minimum of 30 mpg.  It is estimated that increasing fuel efficiency from 14 mpg to 30 mpg will save the average taxi operator more than $10,000 per year. 

The new standards will reduce the carbon emissions of New York City's taxicab and for-hire vehicle fleet by 50% during the next decade. When fully implemented, the new standards are expected to reduce carbon emissions by more than 215,000 tons.

For a full copy of the NYC press release, click here.

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