We've reported on hybrid taxis in NYC, Sydney and Dubai, but the trend isn't limited to places that also happen to be tourist hot spots. On my way to the airport yesterday, I tried a new taxi service in Lansing that exclusively uses hybrids in their fleet. OK, make that a hybrid in the fleet of one. Woodrow Campbel, the owner/dispatcher/driver, said that people don't call him because he's the green taxi in town, but he's pretty sure that his reputation will grow. In the meantime, weekend bar traffic is enough to keep his new business running; he started just two weeks ago and the money he makes taking the drunk college kids home is enough to make cleaning their vomit worth it.

Another example of hybrids in hired car action comes from Iowa City, where the Black & Gold Cab company just added a second Toyota Prius to the fleet. Owner Chris Griffin sent a note in to AutoblogGreen saying that, "To our knowledge, we have the first two hybrid taxis in the state of Iowa." Neither of these two business will be saving the planet singlehandedly, but every little bit helps.

[Source: Black & Gold Cab]


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