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NYC’s Black Cars Go Green

limousine.jpgThe streets of New York City could soon see the standard rows of Lincoln Town Cars disappearing, as Mayor Michael Bloomberg introduced a plan that requires new black cars entering service beginning Jan. 1 to carry a fuel economy rating of at least 25 miles a gallon, New York Times reports.

According to the city, local car service vehicles produce one percent of the city’s CO2 emissions, and four percent of its transportation emissions. The city says doubling the mileage of that entire fleet would cut the emissions by half.

The city plan includes a phase-in retirement period for operators with six-year-old Town Cars steadily removed from service with almost the entire fleet converted to the 30-miles-per-gallon standard after 2013. Operators who license a new 2009 Town Car before Jan. 1 will be able to operate it for a maximum of five years before it is forced to retire.

The city’s yellow taxis went green in October.

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One thought on “NYC’s Black Cars Go Green

  1. I am trying to see what people think of this idea. What if instead of worrying about broken systems for the bailout we pour money into alternative ways to transport people and goods? Did this not help in the past when new highways were built? This could not only be a chance to get us out of our deficit but also go a bit green. I was reading this site and thought it was a great idea. Not necessarily that we should put tons of money here but here and things like this. http://www.petergreenberg.com/2008/10/27/tired-of-airplanes-how-about-a-zeppelin/

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