EnviroCAB

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enviroCAB
Private
Headquarters Arlington County, Virginia
Area served
Arlington County, Virginia

EnviroCAB is a taxicab service provider based in Arlington County, Virginia, which provides service exclusively with a fleet of hybrid electric vehicles. When the company began operations in February 2008 it became the first all-hybrid taxicab fleet in the United States, and the first carbon-negative taxicab company in the world.[1][2]

History[edit]

In September 2007 the Arlington County Board authorized EnviroCAB, then a new taxi company, to operate with an all-hybrid fleet of 50 vehicles. In addition, the Board authorized existing companies permission to add 35 hybrid taxis. The introduction of green taxis is part of a county campaign known as Fresh AIRE, or Arlington Initiative to Reduce Emissions. AIRE aims to cut production of greenhouse gases from county buildings and vehicles by 10% by 2012.[3]

Toyota Camry Hybrid taxi from EnvironCAB in Pentagon City.

Description[edit]

EnviroCAB taxi fleet consist of Toyota Priuses, Toyota Camry Hybrids, Toyota Highlander Hybrids, and Ford Escape Hybrids.[2]

Carbon footprint[edit]

The company claims to be the first carbon-negative taxicab company in the world, as it will completely offset its own emissions by purchasing "clean-source" offset credits. Also, EnviroCAB expects to offset the emissions of 100 of the approximately 685 non-hybrid taxis operating in Arlington by March 2008.[2]

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References[edit]

  1. ^ "All-Hybrid Taxi Fleet Debuts in Sunny Phoenix". GreenBiz. 2009-10-20. Retrieved 2010-07-10. 
  2. ^ a b c "EnviroCAB Launches in Greater Washington, D.C. Area To Become Nation's First 'Green' Taxi Fleet". EnviroCAB Press Release. 2008-02-11. Archived from the original on 2012-03-27. Retrieved 2011-07-14. 
  3. ^ Downey, Kirstin (2007-09-07). "Arlinton County: Board Gives Go-Ahead to Eco-Friendly Taxicabs". The Washington Post. Retrieved 2009-10-17. 

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