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Car spotting--saw a Prius taxi today!

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I saw a green and white Prius taxi today in traffic..I googled and found this article:

From the Denver Business Journal:

---Metro Taxi doubled its fleet of hybrid vehicles on Denver streets Monday, bringing the total to 10.

The addition of the five new Toyota Hybrid Prius is in keeping with a pledge Metro Taxi made in late May to replace all 500 vehicles in its fleet with hybrids.

Metro Taxi said replacing one of its taxis with a Prius is equal to converting five non-commercial vehicles to hybrids. The company estimates converting its entire fleet will save 3 million gallons of gas a year.

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Today, I saw a blue 1964 Oldsmobile Super 88 Sedan being driven by some teenager...

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One of our city's cab companies has forty hybrids.

I hate hybrid cars, but they are useful in a taxi situation.

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We have some strange Taxis here. PT Cruisers are used by a company called "Cruiser Cab". Stretched 500s and Montegos are used by a company called Classy Cab. Checker uses old Tauruses, LeSabres and Devilles.

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We have some strange Taxis here. PT Cruisers are used by a company called "Cruiser Cab". Stretched 500s and Montegos are used by a company called Classy Cab. Checker uses old Tauruses, LeSabres and Devilles.

Interesting...stretched 500s, eh? Never seen one. We have a mix of the usual Crown Vics and Grand Marquis here, along with Explorers, Trailblazers, even a few DTSes and Park Avenues around.

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I've been meaning to take a pic of one. The stretch Montego actually looks pretty sharp.

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Priuses and Escape Hybrids make great taxis, considering all the stop-and-go traffic they encounter. I was toying with the Passat's trip computer, and I got about 6 MPG accelerating from a stop (~5 seconds), 25-99 MPG coasting to a halt (~5 seconds), and 0 MPG while idling (~10 seconds). It averages to about 11 MPG until traffic starts flowing again.

In Austria I rode in a silver Alfa 159 diesel taxi, which was way cooler than all the other E-classes and Mondeos.

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Priuses and Escape Hybrids make great taxis, considering all the stop-and-go traffic they encounter. I was toying with the Passat's trip computer, and I got about 6 MPG accelerating from a stop (~5 seconds), 25-99 MPG coasting to a halt (~5 seconds), and 0 MPG while idling (~10 seconds). It averages to about 11 MPG until traffic starts flowing again.

In Austria I rode in a silver Alfa 159 diesel taxi, which was way cooler than all the other E-classes and Mondeos.

The most unusual taxi I've ridden in was a Fiat Multipla in Rome. Small outside, huge inside..very strange design...I also rode in an older Lancia wagon..

In Stresa (Northern Italy, on Lake Maggiore) I rode in an older diesel E-class..must have been around a 1990 or so..spotless inside and out.

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