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Hybrids for New York City

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A Ford Escape Hybrid. Left: Photo by Daniel Acker/Bloomberg News, Right: Photo by Chris Hondros/Getty Images.

Mayor Bloomberg has finally given the push to something hybrids were created for – stop and go traffic in New York City. As the New York Times reports, the Mayor announced earlier today a plan to phase out the city’s 1,200 Crown Victoria taxis and replace them with hybrid vehicles powered by both electricity and gasoline. My only worry is that the new hybrids that the Mayor plans to add to the fleet will be large SUVs, like the one above, with modest fuel economy, rather than normal taxis with very good fuel economy. But regardless, the change will result in fuel and air pollution savings.