January 3, 2008
"The agency that regulates the city's taxi industry has adopted a new fuel efficiency rule that will require all cabs purchased after October 1, 2008, to get at least 25 miles per gallon... New York City cabs purchased after October 1, 2008 [must] get at least 25 mpg. Those bought after the fall of 2009 will have to achieve 30 mpg."
As a big fan (and frequent ZipCar patron) of the 40-50mpg Toyota Prius, demanding 25 or even 30 miles per gallon from taxicabs seems a little silly. If NYC wants to mandate that we all take a trip back to the 90s, why not start with regulating huge flannel shirts and enormous white socks? But the real shocker in this CNN article comes later:
"Right now, a majority of the city's 13,000 cabs are Ford Crown Victorias. But the Crown Vic's V-8 engine currently gets around 14 mpg..."
Really? 14 miles per gallon? How embarrassing. With our fancy "green" office buildings and hordes of local farmers' markets, how did we let this one slip, NYC? It's like finding out that-after all that complaining you did-it is your OWN fart stinking up the living room. So come on TLC, quit strong-arming drivers into putting in GPS systems, and let's move on to implementing rules that actually matter.
Full article: Rule will force NYC taxis to go green
Posted by MostlyForMe at January 3, 2008 11:06 PM
Cars are the devil! My personal fuel efficiency isn't so hot though...
Posted by: PedPed at February 28, 2008 3:04 AM
That was a good read. Keep them coming.
Posted by: RVonE at February 23, 2008 2:41 PM
Shameful. If they want the taxis to last, mandate at least like 50 MPG. Just find a way to make it work. (Hyrbid, electric, etc.) Good HotSpot last week. That last caller was a punk though.
Posted by: Paul at January 12, 2008 10:30 PM
How awesome is Zipcar? Cheaper than owning, and easy to book time.
Posted by: Corey at January 11, 2008 11:16 PM