Wednesday, April 24, 2013

New York City to unveil six all-electric taxis

Mayor Michael Bloomberg is flanked by Ken Srebnik with Nissan, at left, and David Yassky with TLC at right as he arrives at Rockefeller Center in the new electric taxi, Nissan Leaf, and is greeted by Ken Srebnik of Nissan. Six of the cars will be on the streets for the first time on Monday as part of the City's effort to make one-third of the taxi fleet to be electric by 2020.
NEW YORK’S yellow cab fleet is about to get a jolt.

Six new all-electric Nissan Leaf taxis are set to hit city streets Thursday — kicking off a year-long pilot program to test the environmentally-friendly cars.

Mayor Bloomberg said the test cabs “will put us ahead of the curve in helping us answer important questions about incorporating electric taxis into the fleet.”

Starting Thursday, six all-electric Nissan LEAFs will be put on the road as New York City taxis. This vehicle runs exclusively on electricity and never needs to fill up at the gas station.

The city has set a goal of making a third of its 13,237 medallion cabs electric by 2020.
“These all-electric LEAF taxicabs will help us determine the best way to seamlessly integrate electric vehicles into the taxi industry’s 24/7 business and operational models,” said Taxi and Limousine Commissioner David Yassky.
“Our next steps on the road to a more environmentally responsible and fuel-efficient future for the taxi industry are crucial ones," added Yassky.
The taxis emit 70% less carbon dioxide than an average car, officials said.

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