Tuesday, February 2, 2010

CNG Taxis in Chicago

Venerable taxi company Yellow Cab has partnered with Clean Energy Fuels Corp. in the deployment of compressed natural gas taxicabs in the city of Chicago.  Clean Energy Fuels will build and operate two new fueling stations and Yellow Cab will  deploy 100 new CNG vehicles.  Clean Energy and Yellow Group, parent of  Yellow Cabs, partnered to win a $1.5 million grant from the city of Chicago and the U.S. Department of Energy to help fund the effort.

CNG taxis are being rolled out in other cities, including the Dallas/Ft. Worth area, where the DFW airport has been in the news lately because of its controversial policy to allow CNG fueled taxis to cut to the front of the passenger pickup line.  The policy, which was urged by Dallas resident T. Boone Pickens, was contested in court and is not being enforced right now, but it shows some of the inroads CNG is making in commercial vehicles.

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