San Antonio Cabbie Goes Hybrid

San Antonio cabbie Paul Lex estimates the Toyota Prius will pay for itself in fuel savings in under four years.

Published: 31-Dec-2005

People who drive for a living feel the pinch of rising gasoline prices more than most drivers, and taxi operators are near the top of that list, below long-haul truckers.

But San Antonio cabbie Paul Lex has found what he hopes will be a long-term solution. He has become the first operator in the city to put a gasoline-electric hybrid vehicle into taxi service.

His newly yellow-painted 2005 Toyota Prius became part of San Antonio's Yellow Cab fleet Dec. 1.


Playing catch-up a decade late, the world's auto giants now find that they have to lease or buy technology from Toyota.

Spc. Jeffrey Hamme and Staff Sgt. Michelangelo Merksamer of HHC, 1/506th Infantry, point out features of the Hybrid Electric Humvee at the AUSA Annual Meeting earlier this month. The two Soldiers participated in a Military Utility Assessment of the prototype vehicle last month at Fort Campbell, Ky.

Ford's 'Hybrid Patrol,' a 10-city initiative this fall that aims to show hybrid drivers how to drive for best fuel economy. EV World photo of Bill and Lisa Hammond on way to first Ford Patrol event in Detroit during stop-over in Omaha.


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