It's been more than a year since NYC officials allowed cab companies purchase hybrid vehicles. But now New York City pedestrians are hailing down yellow Accords, Civics and Highlanders with hybrid powertrains. A couple of ambitious taxi drivers even splurged for Lexus RX440h models for more than $50,000 each. They could have bought four Ford Crown Vics for that price. The rules are different for these Lexus cabs, however. No food or drink, and there isn't a glass partition. Instead, a security camera gives the driver a little peace of mind. One of the RX owners says his daily gas expenses dropped from $65 down to $20, but admits he pays more in insurance.

[Source: Annie Karni / New York Sun]

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