Minneapolis Taxi Standard Fuels Alt-Fuel Debate

Energy experts say city's new fuel-efficiency standard for taxicabs is too weak.

Published: 30-Jul-2007

When the City Council voted earlier this year to overhaul the city’s taxicab ordinance, among the changes that passed was a requirement all taxicabs be fuel efficient within a decade.

City officials have repeatedly touted the fuel-efficiency rule as a groundbreaking green initiative, and a sign of the city’s commitment to reducing global warming emissions.

When energy experts were asked this month to critique the policy, however, some said the way the city defined fuel-efficient — 23 miles per gallon, city driving — makes the rule so weak that its environmental impact will be modest at best.


Mark Phelan tests three different fuel efficiency technologies and concludes that hybrids are the past. Pictured are first Chrysler 300s to come off of European assembly line. Diesel is offered as an option in Europe on this model, but not in North America.

The PML Mini QED supports an all-electric range of 200-250 miles and has a total range of about 932 miles (1,500 km).

C-Metisse concept coupe powered by diesel and electric wheel motors, resulting in combined fuel consumption of 6.5l/100km (36.1mpg).


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