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Coolness arbiters at Animal New York may be spit-taking their PBR milkshakes right now, but the deal to bring electric-drive PT Cruisers to NYC is done. The first such lithium-ion taxi has landed in NYC, where its viability as a recepticle for cell phones and umbrellas and venue for drunken, post-midnight grope sessions will be under review. According to Green Car Congress, the Taxi and Limousine commission set aside 14 TLC charters โ€” the NYC equivalent of Wonka's golden ticket โ€” for the program, whch will correspond with Yellow Cabs' 100th anniversary in 2007. The L-PT Cruiser uses a Ballard Power Systems 312V 67 MS electric drive system, the same one used in prototypes developed for NASA and the US Navy.

Hybrid Technologies Places Lithium-Ion Powered Electric PT Cruiser as Taxi in NYC [Green Car Congress]

Protesting the ZZ Topification of New York: No PT Taxis! [internal]