New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg has ordered that every one of New York’s taxis operate on hybrid engines by the end of October 2012 as part of the state’s plan to reduce emissions. Currently the cabs are getting about 14 miles a gallon and when converted to hybrid engines will meet a 30 miles per gallon standard.
At this time, only 375 of the approximate 13,000 licensed taxis are currently in compliance. Removing all gas powered taxis would be the equivalent of removing 32,000 individually owned gas powered vehicles from New York’s streets. Nine gasoline-electric hybrid vehicles have been approved by the city for use as taxis. The hybrid initiative may also include garbage trucks and buses as they become available.