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In 2006, San Francisco mayor Gavin Newsom called for the entire taxi fleet of the city to be replaced by alternative fuel vehicles. At that time roughly fifteen percent of the fleet consisted of hybrid and natural gas fueled-vehicles. Last week the Board of Supervisors approved legislation that would allow city taxi companies to charge new fees to help pay for alternative fuel cabs and the mayor has signed it into law. By 2011 the entire fleet is expected to have turned over and the law requires

San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom made sure everyone knew the three converted plug-in hybrids that are now a part of the municipal fleet were PHEVs by plugging them in at a ceremony on Thursday. San Francisco's new PHEVs (plug-in hybrid electric vehicles) were converted by Pat's Garage with funding from the Bay Area Air Quality Management District and will be used by many parts of the city government including the Public Library and the Mayor's office. The city and county of San Francisco also pu

Later today, San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom is expected to take delivery of three newly-converted plug-in Toyota Priuses. The cars will be used by the city and county for official business. The conversions were done by the crew at Pat's Garage in San Francisco using a kit from Hymotion. Hymotion was bought last year by lithium ion cell supplier A123 Systems. Hymotion claims their system can provide 30 miles of electric range for a Prius although the car's powertrain hasn't been modified. Getti