Hybrid cars are the new way to go green:
UPS Adds 50 New Hybrids to its Green Fleet
In addition to the company's nearly 20,000 low-emission and alternative fuel vehicles in its fleet already, UPS today announced the deployment of 50 next-generation hybrid electric delivery trucks. "We're excited to be among the first to deploy the latest in HEV technology because it promises a 45 percent increase in fuel economy in addition to a dramatic decrease in vehicle emissions," said Robert Hall, Director of UPS Ground Fleet Engineering.
The 50 new hybrid-electric "clean diesel" cars are expected to reduce fuel consumption by roughly 44,000 gallons over the course of a year compared to an equivalent number of traditional diesel trucks. The hybrids also should reduce by 457 metric tons the amount of CO2 gases released annually into the atmosphere.
New York Hybrid Taxis
(TreeHugger.com) Another follow-up story, this time on this Treehugger story about hybrid taxis in NYC. It ended open-ended with: "But things are not so simple since a bill that would permit hybrid vehicles to meet regulatory specifications for license by the Taxi and Limousine Commission is stalling in the Transportation committee. We'll try to follow that one and see how it develops." The answer came, and it is good! The city council passed the bill, allowing taxi owners to put hybrids into service starting late this summer. The commission should also select one or two hybrid models to do a real-world trial; the success of which could depend in part on how New-Yorkers react to less legroom. Maybe I'm dreaming, but I'm sure New-Yorkers have handled way worse things than less legroom and would put up with it if they are informed that they're riding hybrids and not 12 mpg Crown Victoria Extended.
And just in case you have a 100 grand lurking in your pocket
(CBC News) Japanese automaker Toyota on Thursday introduced its newest hybrid vehicle — a pricey luxury sedan Lexus LS — in a bid to appeal to wealthy, green-minded consumers.The sedan, priced at 15 million yen ($136,864 Cdn), will initially be sold only in Japan before rolling out in Europe, North America and other Asian markets.