San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee and his predecessor Gavin Newsom (now California Lieutenant Governor) will honor local taxi operators Wednesday for being making San Francisco the “Greenest Taxi City in America’ on the morning of Wednesday, February 8.
The ceremony will be hosted by the San Francisco Yellow Cab Cooperative, which boasts a Clean Energy Fuels CNG station at its San Francisco premises, and which lays claim to being one of the first two taxi companies in the U.S. with hybrid electrics – Yellow and San Francisco’s Luxor Cab fielded their first Ford Escape Hybrids in November 2004.
80% Alt Fuels
Organizers of the Wednesday ceremony for the city-wide taxi fleet – including Clean Energy, the Ford Business Preferred Network, Serramonte Ford, San Francisco Toyota, and the San Francisco Taxicab Companies – note that
• 80% of the San Francisco taxi fleet has been converted to hybrid or CNG operation;
• a San Francisco taxi cab drives on average 90,000 miles a year;
• as a group, San Francisco taxis drive enough miles each year to circle the Earth – 43 times!
• San Francisco taxi companies have reduced their emission levels to 20% below what they were in 1990, even though the fleet has almost doubled;
• San Francisco cab drivers have reduced their fuel costs by $5,000 per year;
• a taxi hybrid can drive almost non-stop from San Francisco to Los Angeles and back – without stopping to fuel; and
“The collaboration between the taxi companies, local city government, manufacturers, and suppliers proves that when we work in concert, we can achieve tangible results to better the environment.”
SF Yellow, San Francisco’s largest, with more than 500 vehicles, was the first American cab company to deploy the Ford Fusion Hybrid, committing to 40 two years ago (F&F, July 27, 2009). SF Yellow has just purchased 25 new 2012 Ford Fusion Hybrids, says supplier John Janes of Serramonte Ford, as well as five new compressed natural gas-fueled 2012 Ford Transit Connects, and a final purchase of 25 new 2012 Ford Escape Hybrids.
“This is the last of the Ford Escape Hybrids as they are no longer being built,” Janes told F&F.
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