All New York taxis to be hybrids by 2012
My first thought?
Someone should record the ambient noise right now on a street and monitor it for the next five or so years.
Have you been to New York City? I know plenty of people who have not.
Its not like other cities in the US, because its a big city. One with a lot of people... and when you get that sort of populations the economics change.
You don't want to own a car. You never buy a house. Buying something means having it delivered.
Taxis are everywhere.
Where ever you turn, there is a Taxi, and being a car they are loud. Hybrids are not.
When I think of New York, I think of the sounds of the street. Cars honking, engines cycling up after the light changes.
A New York with all hybrids might be considerably quieter, or maybe it will be like Tokyo where when you stop and listen you hear the hum of people walking and talking.
Even the smell of New York will change if the emissions are reduced.
Hopefully someone will instrument the change, it would be fascinating to see.