Pittsburgh Gets Propane-Powered Cabs July 2012
The Pittsburgh Transportation Group (PTG) will have propane-powered taxi cabs starting in September. PTG is converting part of its Yellow Cab fleet and plans to create a propane fueling station at its Yellow Cab depot.
“It’s all part of the green initiative undertaken by our parent company – Veolia Transportation,” according to Jamie Campolongo, president of PTG. “Besides reducing pollution, the conversion will also provide a significant savings to our drivers who lease the cabs and must pay for their own fuel. With the current price of gasoline, we’re talking a savings of about $1.40 a gallon. That could be as much as $2,300 a year or more. Additionally, based on the statistics we have received and at least 50 cab conversions, we expect to reduce the carbon footprint by about 500 tons annually.”
Pittsburgh Transportation Groups’ Yellow Cab Taxis will feature propane-powered models in September. Credit: Pittsburgh Yellow Cab.
Propane runs anywhere from 80 cents to $1.20 a gallon cheaper than regular unleaded gasoline. The Yellow Cab taxis will be dual-fueled. They will start on gasoline power and switch to propane without any driver prompting after the car’s engine coolant reaches 170 degrees farenheit. PTG will receive about $170,000 through Veolia and the U.S. Department of Energy to help cover the cost of the conversions. Besides Yellow Cab, PTG also operates People’s Cab, City Cab, Super Shuttle, Freedom Transportation, Execucar/Embassy Coach and PTC Charter Services. The company employs 325 people and has more than 400 independent contractors. PTG is a wholly owned subsidiary of Veolia Transportation, North America’s largest operator of multiple modes of transportation