Welcome the hybrid taxis

Fordescapehybrid2jpg_1It’s a new excuse: Sorry, I was on my way in, but my cab’s battery ran out! San Francisco has become the first city in the nation to feature hybrid SUVs as taxis. Last week, mayor Gavin Newsom announced that two cab companies bought 15 Ford Escapes like the one shown here to add to the fleet of 1,500 taxis citywide. The switch is saving cab drivers a lot of cash at the gas pump. Now if only those savings could be passed along to the passengers. After all, according to a survey done last year, San Francisco is the most expensive city in the country in which to take a cab ride.

—Posted by Celeste Ward