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Cab Drivers Complain Hybrid Cars Too Costly

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Yellow cabbies driving green taxis are seeing red.

Hacks who planned to save money on gas when they went with hybrids are now fuming because repair costs have far exceeded savings at the pump.

“The car was running, and all of a sudden it caught fire,” said Ahmed Tijani, who used to drive a Toyota Camry hybrid. “I had passengers in the cab. When the flames came out, they just ran!”

Tijani — who amazingly collected a fare from his freaked-out passengers as flames flickered under his hood — said even with the Hurricane Sandy-induced gas shortages, he’d advise cabbies against going green. “Too many headaches,” the Bronx resident said. “They say you save money on gas, but you pay all that money buying expensive parts. The repairs cost me $13,000.”


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  1. BILL

    November 12th, 2012

    “Hacks who planned to save money on gas when they went with hybrids are now fuming because repair costs have far exceeded savings at the pump.”

    should have listened to the free market. they wouldn’t sell with out fed gov support.

    can’t fix stupid, they don’t even want to learn.

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  2. Xavier

    November 12th, 2012

    No make or model ID? WTF, Fox?

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  3. Ferny

    November 12th, 2012

    Hybrids cost more than regular cars? I’m shocked, just shocked.

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  4. Left Coast Dan

    November 12th, 2012

    Funny, my perception in seeing all the hybrid cabs was that maintenance was probably lower since engine stress is reduced, and certainly a taxi is the ideal application for a hybrid – lots of city miles. I still wonder whether there are only a few cases or whether it is a consistent problem. Doesn’t surprise me that a Saturn Vue would have problems, but I wouldn’t expect many complaints with a high-volume Toyota product like Camry or Highlander.

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  5. Stranded in Sonoma

    November 12th, 2012

    The problem with rechargeable batteries, any kind of rechargeable battery, is that constant draining and recharging is fine but it is usually best to drain them to near empty before you strain them by a full charge. If you drain them down to say half, all the time, and then charge them, they “learn” that level and become less efficient. If you have an iPhone, there is a charging app (Battery Doctor) that charges the battery quickly to 100%, then slowly to max, then a trickle charge for 1-2 hours to full capacity. This is the best way to charge rechargeable batteries.

    Now consider this scenario:

    Taxi is full electric. Driving around city using all electric is quite efficient. Battery runs down to 40-50%. You either charge it in anticipation of a heavy continued workload or you chance the battery running critically low at a time when you need it. So you recharge when you have the chance. This “teaches” the battery to lose that 35-40% of its capacity. And those batteries are very expensive to replace. See Battery Doctor charging above.

    Good, efficient, internal combustion engines are much better for this environment. Seeing as how the current repair/maintenance infrastructure is set-up for them!

    Green = Sieg Heil

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