One of the major side effects of the power outrages in New York and New Jersey following hurricane Sandy is gas stations' difficulty getting fuel to customers. Shortages have led to seemingly endless gas lines, and in all of this, hybrids have shown their inherent value.

Business Insider says that hybrids are proving to be advantageous for many New York City taxi drivers. The NYC cab fleet is currently a mix of hybrid vehicles and comparatively fuel-hungry Ford Crown Victoria sedans. According to the report, at many taxi companies, cars are assigned to drivers first-come, first-serve, so what they're driving on a given day comes down to the luck of the draw.

One cab driver said that refueling a the V8-powered Ford costs about $45 a day, while the the hybrid taxis can go a couple days before needing to gas up. It's suspected that the Crown Vic drivers, forced to go to great lengths to refuel, will not be reimbursed for their efforts.


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      • 2 Years Ago
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      RomanM
      • 2 Years Ago
      Post Sandy: Hybrid > Electric > Diesel > Gas
        goa
        • 2 Years Ago
        @RomanM
        Given the natural affinity that diesel has for water, I'd swap the last two.
      Camaroman101
      • 2 Years Ago
      someone who regularly takes or knows about taxis please explain are hybrid taxi fares cheaper since they use less gas? or do they charge you the same as crown vics? different for every vehicle?
        Aaron Schwarz
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Camaroman101
        they normally charge the same: and the taxi companies argue the fuel savings go towards offsetting the increased upfront price of the hybrid vehicles... go figure! When gas prices start to reflect their real costs I imagine this will change for the better :)
      Myself
      • 2 Years Ago
      If you do high mileage in towns, hybrids are the only reasonable choice. Power-wise they are more than adequate. Mileage is excellent. You save time by not having to refuel frequently.
        k.naz
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Myself
        Not to mention using only electric power in stop and go traffic and up to certain speeds.
          Aaron Schwarz
          • 2 Years Ago
          @k.naz
          much cleaner local air quality where all of the people are breathing too ^^ idle stop/ strong hybrid ev modes, ect :)
      • 2 Years Ago
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      Hazdaz
      • 2 Years Ago
      It seems that no matter how many emergencies America as a whole have to suffer through, we just never will learn about efficiency until it hits us personally. Being able to extend the usage of our limited resources should be one of our top priorities.
        Mondrell
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Hazdaz
        Shush. I can't hear how it's my constitutional, God-given right to waste resources so long as I have the money to pay for them with you making so much sense.
      PeterScott
      • 2 Years Ago
      Hybrids have been paying off long before Sandy. Most studies show them having half or less fuel costs and half or less maintenance costs. Half the running costs means much more profit for drivers/owners.
      John Swingen
      • 2 Years Ago
      Soooo...where do you plug in an electric car in a blacked out city?
        Aaron Schwarz
        • 2 Years Ago
        @John Swingen
        10 blocks away where the power is still on.....
        wllharrington
        • 2 Years Ago
        @John Swingen
        Hybrids are not plug-ins. All electric vehicles must be plugged in, they are not hybrids.
        metusmetu
        • 2 Years Ago
        @John Swingen
        I hear a few electric eels got washed on shore, .............perhaps that will work.
      RoyEMunson
      • 2 Years Ago
      All the taxis in that cesspool NY Toyota hybrids, or what?
        blas
        • 2 Years Ago
        @RoyEMunson
        wow what a lovely comment. If you think NY is a cesspool why are you so concerned about the make of the cab? Insecure much?
        Jesse Gurr
        • 2 Years Ago
        @RoyEMunson
        There are a lot of Escape Hybrids too, and the source article interviewed a cabbie that was driving a Nissan Altima Hybrid.
      Aaron Schwarz
      • 2 Years Ago
      Going farther on less fuel helps out when fuel supplies are scarce? say it aint so? lol I have been promoting the virtues of hybrid electric vehicles ever since I found the light and purchased one :) Thank you for the added value point, I will make sure to update my blog with this idea! Woot Woot : Hybrid, Plug-in Hybrid and Plug-in Electric vehicles FTW as Taxi Cabs ^^
        merlot066
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Aaron Schwarz
        Thank you Captain Hindsight.
          Aaron Schwarz
          • 2 Years Ago
          @merlot066
          No problem, I figured since a lot of the naysayers failed to read the posting, they might read my comment :P lol
        Aaron Schwarz
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Aaron Schwarz
        Oh and for the trolls, most hybrids have a range of more than 450 miles in city driving on a tang of gas!
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Aaron Schwarz
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      Brent Booth
      • 2 Years Ago
      I wish diesels would become more popular.
        PSD
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Brent Booth
        Really? Would you like to increase the number of lung cancers?
        Dave D
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Brent Booth
        Yeah, we need about another million diesels spewing crap in downtown NYC....great idea LOL
      GuyClinch
      • 2 Years Ago
      I hope they save them money. Because I live in NYC and actively AVOID the small hybird Taxi. Both the Prius and Ford Escape are RIDICULOUSLY small once the divider is up. Both are fine (and the Prius is roomy) as a Black car - because they don't use dividers. The Crown Vics in NYC are long wheelbase - and are very roomy for the most part.
        lasertekk
        • 2 Years Ago
        @GuyClinch
        It's a car. If you wanted a living room, stay home.
          Aaron Schwarz
          • 2 Years Ago
          @lasertekk
          lol exactly lol : he might also consider moving more and eating less : it will make smaller spaces feel larger :P
        789dm
        • 2 Years Ago
        @GuyClinch
        Crown vics r very tight i use taxi so i know. I went n check out the new NYC taxi Nissan NV200 it is VERY spacious compare to all other taxis on the road at this moment.
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