The acquisition is part of the company’s goal of reducing emissions by 25 percent, explained Taxi Medallion Management’s CEO Michael Levine. “We are adding vehicles with alternative-fuel sources to find a vehicle mix that best suits our customers, our drivers, the city at large and the environment,” he said.
The Ford Transit Connect (2010 North American Truck of the Year) features a 2.0-liter I-4 engine that gets Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)-estimated 21 mpg city and 26 mpg highway, an estimated 30 percent improvement in fuel economy compared with traditional taxis, according to Ford Fleet marketing manager Gerald Koss.
During its first full year of production, 27,405 Transit Connect vehicles were sold in the United States. In addition, this Ford model has been gaining interest from taxi operators around the country, since the first unit was delivered to Boston Cab Dispatch in December 2010.
Source: Ford Motor