Following up on my post this morning
and last week about hybrid
taxis in NYC and SF, reader Mehdi Hassan posted a comment
about compressed natural
(CNG) taxis in Bangladesh, where he lives. The "taxis" look somewhat different, as the standard taxi in Dhaka
(Bangladesh's capitol) is a three-wheeled trike similar to Bangkok's
tuktuks, but the gasoline versions were blamed for much of the pollution in the city. In 2001, a local company started
to introduce a fleet of taxis that run on CNG. After initial issues with CNG refueling network and a ban on the
two-stroke engines that powered the standard taxis, there are now tens of thousands of CNG taxis in Dhaka.
Pollution is a serious issue in Dhaka, as the World Health Organization
estimates at least
15,000 people die in Bangladesh each year because of air pollution. If would be worse, but the main form of
transportation in Dhaka is non-motorized cycle rickshaw, of which there are at least 320,000.
[Hat tip to
Mehdi Hassan, Note: The photo is from India
, not Blagladesh, but does show a CNG Tuktuk]