Eco-happy CNG-powered Ford taxicabs ply more cities

When you spend some "green" to use a taxicab, you can also go green as Ford's compressed natural gas-powered cabs show up in more cities.

Twelve Ford CNG Transit Connect Taxis are to ply the streets of Chicago in concurrence with the opening of a Clean Energy CNG filling station.

Billionaire T. Boone Pickens, the big natural gas advocate, will arrive at the event in a CNG Transit Connect Taxi. "We are adding CNG-powered vehicles to our fleet in order to reduce the effective cost of fuel for our drivers and to introduce cleaner vehicles for the environment," said Michael Levine, CEO of Taxi Medallion Management.

Cab companies in Los Angeles, Las Vegas and St. Louis have put in orders for the eco-friendly vehicle. Philadelphia officials have approved its use. The vehicles' use of CNG reduces greenhouse gas emissions by up to 40%. Not only is CNG cleaner than gasoline, it's cheaper.

So the environment wins, even if taxi fares aren't getting any cheaper.



This article was first published by USA Today.

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