NYC Black Town Cars To Go Green

New York’s Mayor Bloomberg put forth a proposal that would require the city’s 10,000-plus for-hire town cars to meet a new set of fuel efficiency standards over the next two years. Under the mandate, the vehicles would be replaced with more efficient hybrid vehicles in order to achieve combined fuel economy of at least 25 miles per gallon by 2009, and 30 miles per gallon by 2010. These vehicles currently average 12 to 15 miles per gallon. A Toyota Camry Hybrid has a combined city/highway fuel economy rating of 33 mpg, while a Ford Escape Hybrid SUV is rated at 32 mpg. Both vehicles, as well as other hybrids, could be suitable for black car services.

Under a separate proposal last year, the city’s yellow cabs are being replaced by hybrids, but drivers have until 2012 to make the switch.

Regulated by the Taxi and Limousine Commission, the town cars make up nearly 20 percent of the city’s for-hire fleet. These vehicles are responsible for creating an estimated two percent of New York City’s total transportation-based greenhouse gases.

Many owners of the town cars are expected to show resistance to the plan as it would require them to have to buy a new hybrid vehicle in the next several months. In response, Mayor Bloomberg pointed out that the replacement cars will save thousands in fuel costs on a yearly basis. “The savings when you drive a more fuel-efficient car really are significant for the driver, ” said Bloomberd. “But from the rest of our points of view, it is infinitely better for the world that we live in.” To ease the financial burden of purchasing the new vehicles, the Mayor’s office is working with banks and town car dealers to structure low-interest terms and financing.

The proposal is part of Mayor Bloomberg’s larger plan to reduce New York City’s overall vehicle emissions by 30 percent by the year 2030. A vote on the proposal is expected in April.


  • David M

    Now this the kinda stuff that government should be getting into .Taking charge of some of the congestion and making better air quality for the city. The only risk is the possible bad technology that will be sold to the taxi owners. but let the City take the hit on that kinda risk (of a lemon).This will also help weed out the true driving conditions (I use to live in the NYC ) .
    ” If you can make it Here ,you can make anywhere,…..NY,NY……… Great song

  • Wes G

    Ford keeps making these knuckle-dragging RWD full-size sedans like the Town Car and the Crown Victoria largely because the livery, executive car, and law enforcement communities scream every time they talk about finally killing them, largely because all of the (significantly better) alternatives are quite a bit more expensive. They have dismal sales outside of the heavily discounted fleet sales, and they continue along on designs that are the better part of 20 years old. The amount of time they spend idling makes them the *perfect* application for hybrid technology. Hopefully more cities will follow NYC and Vancouver in pushing hybrids and finally put the nail in these dinosaurs’ coffins.

  • Melvin Scott

    Oh I just love the car. It has a nice body color and body kits. A new rims will look much better on this ride. I saw some perfect rims at Autopartswarehouse.

  • Melvin Scott

    Oh I just love the car. It has a nice body color and body kits. A new rims will look much better on this ride. I saw some perfect rims at Autopartswarehouse.

  • mark Jakubczak

    Some of these model are way too small! why not just take a yellow cab? http://www.yellowcabnyc.com

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    Drop dead waht do you ride and die in a smart car

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