September 22, 2006

Ballard electric drive system to be used in New York City PT Cruiser taxi

The Hybrid Technologies Inc. lithium-powered PT Cruiser taxicab
The Hybrid Technologies Inc. lithium-powered PT Cruiser taxicab. Click image to enlarge

New York, New York – Hybrid Technologies Inc. has received approval from the New York City Taxi and Limousine Commission (TLC) to introduced lithium-powered taxis to the city. A Chrysler PT Cruiser, powered by an electric drive system provided by British Columbia’s Ballard Power Systems, will be the first and will run under the Yellow Cab banner.

Approval was by unanimous vote and was the result of a long process that utilized a TLC charter article which allows the introduction of advanced or experimental innovations in taxicabs. Hybrid Technologies selected a PT Cruiser after several meetings with the TLC.

The taxi will hit the streets within the next two months; it is anticipated that it will also be used to highlight Yellow Cabs’ 100th anniversary in New York City, which commences in 2007.

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