Make your next fare a green fare

You know that gas prices are entirely too high when the city and Ford start talking hybrids.

Chicago is set to get hooked up with some Ford Escape hybrids (the first hybrid by a domestic manufacturer) for the taxi fleet. Sure, they aren’t set to get here until 2007 but I for one am incredibly excited at the prospect. In the meantime, Ford will be providing us with a loaner for testing and to heighten public awareness of the program.

2 Comments so far

  1. Dave! (unregistered) on April 27th, 2006 @ 10:49 am

    I call bullshit. It’s a PR move for Ford and doesn’t do much for the city. If the city *really* cared about gas prices or emmissions, Honda and Toyota hybrids get *49* and *60* MPG respectively (and happen to be made in plants in the U.S.) That’s compared to the paltry *36* MPG of the Ford Escape–that might be good for an SUV, but it’s not mind blowing or anything. The Escape is still an SUV… we need SUV taxis?!

    Chicago could save fuel costs and help emissions by converting the taxi fleet to clean burning, natural gas vehicles. Ford is getting good PR help from Chicago to put one over on us…

  2. Lauren Liss (unregistered) on April 27th, 2006 @ 11:21 am

    I hear that and get that, but don’t agree completely. Any step away from 100% gas cars is a good step, regardless of what PR backscratching may be involved. Natural gas would be great, and trust me I know – my dad (a chemical engineer at GTI) has been working to try and bring natural gas and hydrogen fuel cell vehicles to the mainstream for years, but it just isn’t feesible. He once told me that people will give up exactly nothing when it comes to their cars. They all want to help, but they don’t want to be the one to make a change.

    So yes, a Ford Hybrid isn’t as choice as it gets. And yes, it’s a PR move to paint them as the good guys. But hey, it’s a move nonetheless. And when it comes to gasoline and American auto manufacturers, every step away from a standard combustion engine counts.

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