Metro Taxi of West Haven and The Yellow Cab Company of Bloomfield each ordered 20 Transit Connect Taxis running on natural gas. Inter-State Ford in Hartford (Connecticut) will deliver the vehicles for both companies, while in the case of Boston Cab Dispatch, Sentry Ford in Medford (Massachusetts) is the delivering dealer.
With its standard 2.0-liter four-cylinder gas engine and automatic transmission, the conventionally powered Transit Connect is expected to deliver an estimated 30 percent improvement in fuel economy versus many of today’s traditional cabs. The vehicle’s cargo area easily accommodates CNG tanks directly behind the second-row seat, still allowing ample luggage storage.
Metro Taxi’s president stated: “We’re migrating our fleets to alternative fuel vehicles, and Transit Connect Taxi with CNG is the perfect vehicle to start with.” In turn, The Yellow Cab Company’s president Marco Henry added that the new taxis will be introduced to a fleet of more than 100 taxi cabs.