TLC: Okay Fine, Some Taxis of Tomorrow Can Be Hybrids

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People look at the new New York City taxi which is designed by the Nissan Motor Co. at an official unveiling on April 3, 2012 in New York City. The new taxis, which will start appearing on the streets of New York next year, service an estimated service 600,000 people daily. The 2014 NV200 Taxi will replace the fleet of iconic Ford Crown Victorias, Ford Escape Hybrids and Toyota Siennas that are currently being used. Some of the highlights of the new taxi include front and rear-seat occupant curtain airbags, a window on the roof, backseat cellphone charging and USB ports and passenger reading lights.NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 03:  People look at the new New York City taxi which is designed by the Nissan Motor Co. at an official unveiling on April 3, 2012 in New York City. The new taxis, which will start appearing on the streets of New York next year, service an estimated service 600,000 people daily. The 2014 NV200 Taxi will replace the fleet of iconic Ford Crown Victorias, Ford Escape Hybrids and Toyota Siennas that are currently being used. Some of the highlights of the new taxi include front and rear-seat occupant curtain airbags, a window on the roof, backseat cellphone charging and USB ports and passenger reading lights.  (Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images)
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One of the things standing in the way of the new fleet of Nissan NV200 minivans known as the "taxi of tomorrow" is the fact that none of them are hybrids, as required by city law. So on Thursday, the Taxi and Limousine Commission changed the rules a bit: "Under the new rules, cab operators would be able to purchase a hybrid alternative to the Nissan NV200 minivan cab — at least until Nissan comes out with a hybrid version of the minivan." So now all that's holding it up are the lawsuits.