The hybrid vehicle created by Volkswagen for New York's City Taxi Project is a part electric, part gasoline powered vehicle. It looks like a conventional microbus, but its capacity can accommodate up to four passengers and a driver, and there is a space for wheelchairs or shopping carts and a luggage compartment in the rear. Despite its interior capacity, it is only inches longer than the regular subcompact car. The best feature of the City Taxi, of course, is its ability to run totally on electric power, thereby producing no gaseous pollutants. In low emission areas, it can switch to both electric motor and gasoline engine operation. When the gasoline engine's output is more than adequate for driving needs, the electric motor acts as a generator, storing the excess power in the batteries as electrical energy. When operating on hybrid power, the vehicle has lower emissions than the standard internal combustion engine. Because the electric motor provides all the driving power when the vehicle first starts up, as the gasoline engine takes over the throttle valve is allowed to open slowly, causing low emission rates. The comfort and convenience offered by this prototype city taxi far surpass the usual New York taxi service.

  • Corporate Authors:

    Porter Corporation

    P.O. Box 533
    Westport, CT  United States  06880
  • Publication Date: 1976-8

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  • Features: Photos;
  • Pagination: p. 14-15
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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00141385
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Feb 1 1981 12:00AM