by , 05/26/07

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Michael Bloomberg, the mayor of New York City, announced a few weeks ago his PlanNYC, an sustainability master plan for a greener NYC by 2030. Amongst some of the items involved in his plan was the need to have all NYC taxis to be extremely fuel efficient by 2017 (30 miles to the gallon). Well, in a shocking development, the ten year deadline will no longer apply. Now, every single taxi cab in the city must meet that requirement… by 2012!

What made that change happen? Well, for once, the need for political expediency actually helped the decision be made. You see, changing that regulation requires no state approval or financing, meaning that it can be proposed and implemented relatively easy. The change will save about 215,000 tons a year, which may seem tiny compared to the massive 28.3 million tons that the city generates. But having what is the most visible city in the world do this will put pressure on other large metropolis to move towards this goal.

+ Mayor Plans an All-Hybrid Taxi Fleet @ New York Times
+ PlanNYC 2030

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  1. Hun Boon June 14, 2007 at 7:50 pm

    My concern is that in order to meet this accelerated target, they scrap cars that are otherwise in good working condition. Wouldn’t that be a greater waste of resources?

  2. Chris May 31, 2007 at 10:48 am

    While City Hall’s announcement IS a step in the right direction, it is only the political baby steps in the growth of the NYC taxi into a more sustainable, accessible, and well-designed vehicle and system in the years to come. The NYC non-profit Design Trust for Public Space ( ushered in this most recent political initiative by orchestrating over two years of research on taxis with its Designing the Taxi and Taxi 07 projects, creating a historically unique collaboration between auto makers, industrial designers, architects, graphic designers, taxi drivers, taxi fleet owners, and the NYC Taxi and Limousine Commission (TLC). The Taxi 07 Exhibit at the most recent NY International Auto Show featured prototypes that hit on various goals for improvement, and the Design Trust and TLC are set to publish a long-term plan in August that will detail how the taxi vehicle and system can improve. Check on in the near future for more detail on the future of New York City’s “movable public space.”

  3. Nick Simpson May 29, 2007 at 12:18 pm

    Is 30m to the gallon that efficient? I thought the aim was more towards around 50mpg, although I guess the taxis in NY are sat in traffic a lot of the time. Either way it’s a big step in the right direction I must say, plus it’s good to see targets being pulled forward. Why the change of model though, those look hugely different to the older style yellow taxis. They look bigger and therefore you’d assume would be less efficient. Anyone know anything about them?

    By the way, did anyone see this (,,2088786,00.html ) article? Can you guys not try to speed Bush up a bit, get him to leave a little quicker maybe? Seriously, hands up, who ACTUALLY voted for this guy?!

  4. J May 29, 2007 at 11:16 am

    “Please, inhabitat, recognize things like this cab announcement for what it is: a teensy weensy baby step.” well it may be that, but at least it isn’t a giant step backwards! every little bit counts. “my old subaru gets 35+ mph just because I drive slowly and non-aggressively (more importantly: seldom!!” oh ya? and my suzuki motorcycle gets 60+ miles to the gallon and I don’t drive it slowly 😛 The greenest choice would be what most true new yorkers already do: ride the subway or walk. time to tell wall street and all the visiting business people to take a chill pill and skip the taxi and go for a walk instead (hah yes I am delusional)

  5. PaulS. May 29, 2007 at 12:20 am

    Actually, 30 mpg for a vehicle that spends a great deal of it’s operating time idling at curbs and stoplights, then accelerating to the next light to wait idle again, is not all that bad. Mostly they have to scrap all the v-8 engined Crown Victorias, Grand Marqui’s, Towncars, and Deville’s. The cab companies always used those because they were roomy, sturdy, and there were lots of used police cars for them to buy up. Will the cab companies get tax breaks to buy new cars? Will they have to pass costs on to passengers? Will every consumer in America have to pay and pay and pay for the “Green Revolution” in NYC and everywhere else? Will the whiteshirts at the top of corporate America every give up their incessant business airline travel and private jets?

  6. CarolineLovejoy May 28, 2007 at 11:59 pm

    Full support in Bloomberg’s plan!!!
    The plan can only encourage more eco awareness across the board…
    Thank you Inhabitat for sharing!

    greg keep going on your electric plan and soon the rest should catch up to you

  7. greg May 28, 2007 at 1:02 am

    30 miles to the gallon is NOT “extremely” fuel efficient; hybrid vehicles are NOT “green,” they simply use a little bit less of the same exact fuel. A “green” vehicle might be electric, with the energy derived from solar, for example. Sure, more hybrid vehicles sounds great, but please do not call them green, and good lord, my old subaru gets 35+ mph just because I drive slowly and non-aggressively (more importantly: seldom!!); a greener choice would be to get the most out of every manufactured vehicle possible, given the carbon cost from the manufacturing process that is independent of fuel efficiency. Please, inhabitat, recognize things like this cab announcement for what it is: a teensy weensy baby step.

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