According to an article at leftlanenews, New York City's taxi debacle has taken a new turn now that the state's supreme court has ruled in favor of opening up the market to various hybrid taxicabs.
Defying the plans of New York City mayor Michael Bloomberg's Taxi of Tomorrow project, Justice Peter Moulton ruled that the city's Taxi and Limousine Commission didn't meet its own requirements in awarding the Nissan NV200 van with exclusive taxicab rights.
What does this mean for the C-MAX Hybrid?
The conversation about the Ford C-MAX being the ideal taxi has been going on for a while now. MPGOMATIC did an article comparing the Prius, Prius v and C-MAX Hybrid and concluded that based on more interior passenger space and higher mpg, the C-MAX Hybrid makes the perfect city taxi.
Here is a comparison, by the numbers:
Prius - vs - Prius v - vs - C-MAX Hybrid
City Gas Mileage: 51 MPG - 44 MPG - 47 MPG
Highway Gas Mileage: 48 MPG - 40 MPG - 47 MPG
Rear Seat Leg room: 36.0 - 35.9 - 36.5
Hip room: 51.2 - 53.5 - 54.3
Shoulder room: 53.1 - 55.2 - 55.2
Head room: 37.6 - 38.6 - 39.4
Passenger volume: 93.7 - 97.2 - 99.7
Cargo room: 21.6 - 34.3 - 24.5
MPGOMATIC also pointed out in their article that: "Justifying the purchase of a hybrid taxi isn’t tough when you do the calculations. We’ll use some round numbers to make things easy. Lets assume that the price of gasoline is $4 per gallon and that the lifetime of the vehicle is 200,000 miles (which is fairly conservative for the old Crown Vics). If an idle-heavy Crown Vic gets 12 miles per gallon, the cost per mile is approximate 33.3 cents, for a total 200K mile fuel cost of $66,600. (Yes, the devil is in the details.) If an (automatic start/stop) Hybrid averages 48 miles per gallon, the cost per mile is approximately 8.3 cents, for a total 200K mile fuel cost of $16,600. Is there a reason we tweaked the numbers a wee bit?
Of course there is … 50,000 of them, to be exact.
Jumping from a 12 MPG vehicle to a 48 MPG vehicle yields a 25 cent per mile saving. Needless to say, all of those quarters add up. Over the course of 200,000 miles, they account to a whopping $50,000 in savings at the pump."
A lower priced, taxi fleet model could be why the 2014 C-MAX Hybrid Order Guide, refers to the FLEET ONLY engine and electrical component heaters available on the 'S' trim level. This NY Supreme Court ruling today may be what Ford was waiting for, before official announcement of the C-MAX Hybrid 'S' trim level availability for 2014.
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