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NYC Green Taxi Plans Hampered By Vehicle Shortages

New York City yellow taxis are going green on Oct 1. But many drivers are wondering if they’ll be able to buy a green car in time to meet the deadline, USA Today reports.

The city has mandated NYC fleet operators to use vehicles that can get 25 miles per gallon or more in city driving, and for now, only hybrids can do that. But inventories of hybrids across America have dried up due to soaring gas prices.

In response to the problem, Mayor Michael Bloomberg announced earlier this week that Nissan, General Motors and Ford will churn out 300 hybrids a month. With Nissan providing 200; Ford and GM each providing 50.

Toyota doesn’t yet support a fleet program, so taxi operators will have to wait in line like other customers for a Toyota hybrid.

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One thought on “NYC Green Taxi Plans Hampered By Vehicle Shortages

  1. Volkswagen’s new Jetta TDI gets 29 MPG in city driving, thereby making it eligible to meet the NYC regulations. These cars meet California’s stricter emissions standards, meaning they are not only as clean as gasoline vehicles in particulate matter and nitrogen oxide emissions, but their 20-40% better fuel economy means that they emit approximately 20% less CO2 than their gasoline counterparts. NYC has had great success with clean diesel technology in reducing emissions from its transit bus fleet – maybe it should look to this technology for its taxi fleet too!

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