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New York's Mayor Michael Bloomberg is on a roll, and we don't mean onion. Last month he proposed a plan that would charge New Yorkers a congestion tax for driving into Manhattan. This week, CNN reports hizzoner will order the commissioner of the city's Taxi and Limousine Commission to start a replacement cycle that would see all 13,000 of the city's cabs to be hybrids by 2012. Current hybrid hacks prowling the city streets include the Toyota Prius, Camry and Highlander, Lexus RX 400H, Ford Escape, Saturn Vue Green Line, Honda Accord and Honda Civic. But unlike the congestion tax, which would be untenable for the city's contractors streaming in from the outer boroughs, hybrid cabs make perfect sense. But we're waiting to see if the drive systems can survive 500,000 miles in Potholio.

New York yellow cabs go green [CNN]

Bloomberg To NYC Drivers: Drop Dead [internal]


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