04 Apr '12, 12pm

Why isn't NYC's 'Taxi of Tomorrow' green?

Why isn't NYC's 'Taxi of Tomorrow' green?

Nearly seven years ago, the first hybrid yellow taxis rolled onto the streets of New York City as part of an effort to improve fuel economy and reduce emissions. Today, about 5,000 of these cleaner, greener taxis -- nearly 40 percent of the total fleet -- are in operation, working to cut air pollution, lower noise levels, and lessen our dependence on fossil fuels. The city’s hybrid taxi program was one of the first of its kind, and has served as a model of urban sustainability for other cities around the country. But these cleaner cars could soon become obsolete when -- and if -- New York City’s new “Taxi of Tomorrow” hits the streets. Last spring, Mayor Bloomberg announced that the Nissan NV200 was the winner of the City’s Taxi of Tomorrow competition. And yesterday in New York City, Nissan officially unveiled the NV200 Taxi prototype, which is slated to become the new st...

Full article: http://www.greenbiz.com/blog/2012/04/04/why-isnt-nycs-tax...

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