Lydia Meigs All Hail: Ford’s New CNG Cabs

US Cities Begin Using Natural-Gas- Powered Taxis

Cab companies in Southern California have joined the efforts of others around the country to help reduce greenhouse gas emissions by driving compressed natural gas (CNG) powered taxis.  Together the Yellow Cab of Anaheim and the Cabco Yellow Inc. of Orange County ordered 119 CNG-powered Ford Transit Connect Taxis.

Ford Motor Co., whose cars are frequently used as cabs, said that they developed the Transit Connect Taxi because of the interest they saw in their market research in the taxi industry.  Given Ford’s notoriety as cab-makers, their switch to more energy efficient cabs are promising for the taxi and public transportation industry as a whole.

According to Ford, use of the Transit Connect Taxi is growing nationwide.  Just last week, Chicago’s Taxi Medallion Management began using 12 CNG taxis.  Furthermore, taxi companies in Philadelphia, St. Louis, Las Vegas and Connecticut have all ordered CNG taxis and plan to put them in service this summer. 

Passengers will be riding clean!

CNG, according to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), is less expensive than gasoline, costing Americans anywhere from $1 to $2 less per gallon (depending on location), and burns cleaner, emitting 30 to 40 percent less in greenhouse gases. 

With increased amounts of tourism in US cities in the summer months, and thus more need for cabs, the switch to CNG taxis will contribute greatly to efforts for energy efficiency. The increasing popularity of Ford’s innovative taxis show a promising future for environmentally friendly public transportation and natural gas powered vehicles. 

AGA believes that natural gas as a transportation fuel is a viable channel for our foundation fuel to expand its use. We are excited about the growing popularity of CNG powered fleet vehicles and hope to see the trend transform itself for the consumer market, as it is another step forward in reducing dependence on foreign oil. Click here to learn more about what AGA is doing in the world of NGVs.

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