September 2, 2007
Charlottesville is now home to a new hybrid taxi service.
The owner hopes to pave the way for others to follow his lead in going green.
Dwight Ledford is the founder of the Go Green Hybrid Taxi Service.
After seeing New york city roll hybrids out into their taxi fleet, he decided to bring the service to Charlottesville.
"Go Green Hybrid Taxi Service is a service to promote the environment by using vehicles with an alternative fuel source," according to Ledford.
His Hybrid runs on fuel and electric power. The battery charges itself while the car is in motion
Over at Access Taxi, they've started looking into hybrid service, but they do have concerns
Stewart Millard with Access Taxi says, "we want to be able to introduce hybrid taxis into the fleet but again it's a matter at looking at the cost effectiveness of it."
They'd like to see more research on reliability, fuel economy, and the selection of hybrids out there before making the switch.
"Even if they weren't hybrids but newer vehicles into the fleet that would go a long way to doing our part to help support environmental initiatives," Millard adds.
Access Taxi does hope to gain insight from Dwight on his effort to go green.
"I want to provide a service for Charlottesville where you can have a clean car a clean driver and promote a clean environment," Ledford says.
If you want to use the hybrid taxi service he recommends reservations because he's a one man show.