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Greener Cabs Coming to Auto Show

Yellow Cab to add natural-gas powered vans

By Hannah Chanpong
|  Thursday, Feb 3, 2011  |  Updated 1:46 PM CDT
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Greener Cabs Coming to Auto Show

Yellow Cab Chicago is going green.

The taxi company will add a dozen new, alternative-fuel cars to its fleet in March, and you can get a preview at the Chicago Auto Show.

The Ford Transit Connect vans will run on natural gas, the same kind that likely heats your home or lights your stove. Natural gas is less expensive and better for the environment. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency  reports that it emits 30 to 40 percent fewer greenhouse gases than regular gasoline.

Officials from Taxi Medallion Management, a Yellow Cab affiliate, say the cabs are part of a plan to cut the company's emissions by 25 percent.

Car dealers laud the vans for being roomier than other cabs and having more safety features, such as rear-view cameras.

The Transit Connect will be on display at the Chicago Auto Show, which starts Feb. 11.
 

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