You cannot visit New York City without coming face-to-face with many of the 13,000 yellow cabs zooming around the city. They are everywhere, which is great if you need a ride and know how to brave the traffic and flag one down. We use them quite often and always delight in getting a free amusement park ride, which is how it feels when the driver believes he is Mario Andretti!
Just this past year there are now a new breed of taxis that are painted apple green, which essentially work the boroughs outside of Manhattan. Not sure why the change in color, but as a tourist I guess you will now know if you are lost by the color of the cab! For years cab companies have relied upon the Ford Crown Victoria as its standard operating vehicle, which now comprise about 90% of the entire cab fleet. But in 2005, electric cars, including the Toyota Prius and the Ford Escape Hybrid, were introduced as environmentally friendly options.
With the present cab fleet aging quickly, New York ran an online campaign in 2010 asking New Yorkers to vote for which car should be the Taxi of Tomorrow. The winner was the Nissan’s NV200! The Japanese company inked a contract with the city for 26,000 new vehicles over the next decade for a cool billion dollars ($29,000 per car if you are doing the math). Not a bad day at the office for one car sales rep.