The city’s fleet of yellow cabs will go entirely hybrid within five years, and all new taxis will have to meet emissions and mileage standards by next year, Mayor Michael Bloomberg announced Tuesday.
Today, there are just 375 fuel-efficient hybrid vehicles among the 13,000 taxis rolling on city streets. That number will increase to 1,000 by October 2008 and will grow by about 20 percent each year until 2012, when every yellow cab will be a hybrid.
Hybrid vehicles run on a combination of gasoline and electricity, emitting less exhaust and achieving higher gas mileage per gallon. Changing over the fleet is part of Bloomberg’s wider sustainability plan for the city, which includes the goal of a 30 percent reduction in carbon emissions by 2030.
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“There’s an awful lot of taxicabs on the streets of New York City obviously, so it makes a real big difference,” Bloomberg said. “These cars just sit there in traffic sometimes, belching fumes; this does a lot less. It’s a lot better for all of us.”
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