Ford is looking to retain a major presence on the streets of NYC with a new alternative energy taxi.

The yellow New York City cab is an iconic element in Manhattan’s streetscape. The taxi and limousine commission has put out a bid for a vehicle to replace the  last of the aging Crown Victorias. Ford is eager to retain the contract to supply vehicles to the commission. They just released  a taxi version of their Transit Connect powered by compressed natural gas at the Chicago Auto Show. The taxi concept uses a base Transit with an engine prep package that converts it to run on either compressed natural gas or propane fuels. Without the conversion kit, Ford says the Transit Connect would still be 30 percent more fuel efficient than some of the older current taxis.

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