Electric Taxis Get Tokyo Going Greener
Taxicabs sure have changed since the days of "You talkin' to me?"... then again, so has Robert de Niro. We bet he'd love these new Mitsubishi i-MiEV electric taxis, though probably as a passenger rather than a driver.
Dubbed "ZeROTAXI", the service began on March 25th, 2010, and for the time being is restricted to short-haul routes around Tokyo Station; more precisely in the business and finance districts of Marunouchi, Otemachi and Yurakucho. As well, the cabs only run while the sun shines... though they're not solar-powered.
ZeROTAXI is a private venture run by Hinomaru Limousine Co., and the cabs carry a distinctive green logo on their side doors. The color scheme of the cabs - shades of green over white - won't strike a chord with taxi traditionalists but as they're distinctive in their own right there shouldn't be any confusion once riders get used to their presence. (via Japan Sugoi)