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)