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Hybrid Taxis

The taxi has been a staple in many parts of the world for years thanks to how convenient it can be. Today it’s becoming a greener way to travel thanks to the use of hybrid taxis.

 

The concept of the hybrid taxi is similar to what it is like for any other hybrid vehicle. It is a vehicle that uses a combination of an electric motor with a gas-based engine to make it move. This works as a means of keeping the gas-powered engine from requiring as much fuel as a typical vehicle would.

 

Why Is This So Advantageous?

 

This is a type of vehicle that will work wonders for many transportation needs for a number of reasons:

The amount of fuel that is to be used will be much lower in value than what’s used in a typical vehicle. This is thanks to how the gas engine uses an extremely low amount of power while idling or at slow speeds. In many cases the engine won’t even run at all as the electric motor will take care of the power.

The overall fuel economy on the vehicle will increase dramatically. Many of these vehicle can get fifty miles per gallon on a tank on average. That can be more than twenty miles for a typical vehicle on the road.

The reduced need for fuel makes for a cleaner car as well. Fewer emissions are let off by the vehicle. This makes it easier for people to breathe around the vehicle while also reducing the potential for harmful deposits to form within the taxi’s engine and other parts.

 

A More Commonplace Solution

 

The hybrid taxi is a very popular mode of transportation as it can be used in a large variety of places. In fact, many of the world’s largest taxi companies have started to use hybrid taxis. However, the developments for using hybrid taxis have varied by each market.

More than half of the taxis in San Francisco are hybrid taxis.

Chicago has a current ordinance that is hoping to get at least 70% of its taxis to operate with hybrid engines. The city’s taxi companies are close to halfway towards that citywide goal.

New York City is getting more hybrid taxis but it is not represented as well. The Taxi of Tomorrow plans for the city are hoping to reduce emissions and fuel usage in the future.

Vancouver-area law states that all taxis that are to be introduced around the street must either be hybrid taxis or other vehicles that use strong fuel economy numbers. A taxi company must provide the city board with information on what vehicles it will be using before it can legally operate in the area.

Taxi charters in Paris are free to introduce hybrid vehicles if they want but there are no rules as to what can be used. Thousands of hybrid taxis can be found around the Paris area though.

Those who need help with taxi services while traveling should take a look at the taxi options that will be made available to them in the future. Hybrid taxis will provide people with some convenient options for handling their travels.

Taxis in Naples, Florida are becoming more and more conscious of the environment and are switching to hybrid vehicles.

Green Consumerism To Avert Climate Change

A recent study reveals that car buyers prefer hybrid cars, eco-friendly washing liquids and other energy saving devices over cheaper alternatives which cause more harm to the environment to have a better social status.

Researchers have indicated that the new generation of car buyers is more inclined towards benefiting from the perceived higher social status that is achieved by buying a product that causes less harm to the environment. They are even willing to sacrifice their luxury as well as performance of the vehicle in order to achieve the status of a responsible green citizen.

Driving a large luxury car is certainly indicative of the wealth of the owner but at the same time, it also exhibits the lack of concern for the environment. On the other hand, someone who drives a hybrid car such as the Prius not only flaunts his wealth because hybrids cost way more than fuel efficient cars but also his concern for the environment which gives him a respectful place in the society.

The study carried out three experiments. In one experiment, 168 students were divided into two groups out of which one read a story that conveyed social status while the other read a story without it. Subsequently when given a choice between a green car and a non green model at same price with better performance, 37% of the control group members chose the green option. This figure escalated to 54.5% when they were made to read stories fabricated to “activate status motives”. The experiment revealed that playing on the desire of getting a better status is one of the best ways to motivate people to make green choices.

In another test, a group of 93 students was asked to make choices between similarly priced green and non green products at public as well as private places. It was found that preference to buy green products was more when the students were in public as compared to when they were in private.

The third experiment revealed that those people who have a concern for their status in their mind buy greener alternatives when they are more expensive than the non green ones.

The authors of the study which includes Joshua M Tybur of University of New Mexico and Vladas Griskevicius of University of Minnesota concluded that these experiments have led to untapped source of encouraging greener behavior.

Adam Corner who has been working as a research associate at Cardiff University said that a number of people may try to flaunt their social status though conspicuous use of green products. They do not care about benefiting the environment from their actions but they do pay a lot of heed to what others think of them. Like most other psychologists and researchers, he also concluded that the power of social status can be channelized into promoting change in attitude towards environment protection.

The study however had one drawback which casts a shadow of doubt over the authenticity of its results. None of the persons involved in the study had to dig into their wallets when they were to make choices. Michael Volvo of Toyota UK states that his company’s market research reveals that cost of ownership and attraction towards advanced technology has been the main reason behind the sale of Prius car and not concern about the environment or social status.

The results of the study also failed to bring to light the complications in ethical human activity. Rob Harrison from Ethical Consumer Magazine says that if you have a look at ethical spending of a cooperative bank, you would notice that almost one thirds of it is on investment and banking which is not possible until the brochures keep lying around on the coffee table making it a non-green act. He further added that a number of the readers of Ethical Consumer bought green products because they were focused towards a goal and not towards achieving a higher social status.

A different study concluded that ethical consumers display kindness less often and are more inclined towards stealing. This claim has been regarded by Rob as a shallow understanding of the larger ethical consumer movement. A number of leaders of big business houses such as Coca-Cola, Tesco and Reckitt Bencksier believe that disastrous climate change can be averted through green consumerism.

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