“Universally accessible 24-hour, on-demand, alternative fuel transport can and should play a strategic role in building the transportation infrastructure of Connecticut. Our CNG-powered taxis will reduce overhead fuel costs, significantly lessen harmful emissions for the environment and reduce our overall dependency on foreign oil,” Henry added.
The new fuel station will serve anyone in the public operating a CNG vehicle. By year’s end, The Yellow Cab Company will deploy 110 new CNG taxis as part of this ambitious project.
“As the price of gasoline continues to hover above $3 per gallon throughout our state, I want to congratulate Yellow Cab for their progressive decision to embrace natural gas as an alternative fuel for their fleet,” Congressman Larson said. “Natural gas is affordable, abundant and American and could hold the key to breaking our dependence on foreign oil. I am very excited to see another fueling station open up in our state and look forward to more companies following the lead of Yellow Cab and taking a serious look at natural gas in the future.”
“By 2012 the Yellow Cab CNG fleet is expected to displace about a half-million gallons of gasoline per year, and the environmental gains will only go up from there,” according to Lee Grannis Coordinator of the Greater New Haven Clean Cities Coalition and recipient of the USDOE grant. That equates to about 10 million pounds of Carbon Dioxide, according to the Environmental Protection Agency. In addition, replacing 110 gasoline taxicabs with new clean-burning CNG cabs will remove more than 2,500 tons of greenhouse gases annually.
“Marco Henry and Yellow Cab have a long standing history of commitment to operating CNG fleets and they are dedicated to the expansion of alternative fuels in fleet services. We are pleased to be partnered with them as they once again make history,” said Andrew J. Littlefair, president and CEO of Clean Energy. “Adopting natural gas fuel for public taxi use, together with the deployment of new ADA-compliant CNG taxi vehicles, and making the infrastructure available to all vehicle and fleet operators spotlights Bloomfield as a hub for a new energy
future in Connecticut.”
“We commend Marco Henry for his dedication and support in his continued efforts to reduce imported oil and helping clean the air with a commitment of over 100 natural gas taxi cabs serving the public in the Greater Hartford area,” said Craig Peters, Coordinator of Capitol Clean Cities. The Yellow Cab Company has been a stakeholder with Capitol Clean Cities of Connecticut since 1998.
About The Yellow Cab Company: The Yellow Cab Company headquartered in Bloomfield, Connecticut has historic significance in Connecticut’s transportation history.
The Yellow Cab Company is Connecticut’s oldest taxi company established in 1898. The company received the first taxi license ever issued in 1921. In 2011, the company celebrates the 90th Anniversary of the first taxi license ever issued.