The mean streets of San Francisco and New York City are the supreme torture test for any vehicle, let alone a new addition to those cities’ [tag]taxi[/tag] fleets in February 2005 and last November, respectively. So there was good reason for concern among drivers, cab owners and taxi commissions when the first mini-fleets of Escape [tag]Hybrid[/tag] taxis hit the road. [....] So far, so good, say cab company owners, drivers and the taxi commissioners in both cities.
In other Hybrid news, C|Net takes a look at those who juice up their hybrid to get even more mileage out of a gallon:
A few small companies will start to offer services and products for converting hybrid cars like the Toyota [tag]Prius[/tag] that currently get around 50 miles per gallon into plug-in hybrids that rely more heavily on electrical power and can get about 100 miles per gallon. “I get about 99 miles to the gallon,” said Felix Kramer, founder of The California Cars Initiative (CalCars), who owns the eighth Prius converted into a plug-in hybrid. “When gasoline costs $3 a gallon, driving most gasoline cars costs 8 to 20 cents a mile. With a plug-in hybrid, your local travel and commuting can go down to 2 to 4 cents a mile.” In general, plug-in hybrids have much larger battery packs than standard hybrids–in prototypes, the extra batteries fill up the space where spare tires now reside–and much smaller gas motors. The batteries can be recharged by plugging the car into any wall socket.