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enviroCAB Receives Preliminary Approval to Become World’s First Carbon-Negative Taxicab Service


July 3, 2007

Jennifer Strohm, 301.926.9737 or
George Evanko, 703.848.1655 or

enviroCAB Receives Preliminary Approval to Become World’s First Carbon-Negative Taxicab Service

Arlington Transportation Commission Okays Plan to Make enviroCAB Greater Washington’s First Fleet of Eco-Friendly Taxis

(Arlington, VA) — enviroCAB,, a proposed new taxicab service in Arlington, Virginia, announced today that it has received preliminary approval from Arlington County to operate 35 hybrid taxicabs within the County. If given final approval, the eco-friendly cab service provider would become the first carbon-negative taxicab company in the world.

At a public hearing on July 2, the Arlington Transportation Commission (ATC) recommended that 76 new taxi certificates be issued to six companies. As part of that recommendation, the ATC recommended that enviroCAB receive 35 licenses to operate hybrid cabs, either Toyota Priuses or Ford Escapes.

“This ruling is not only a great step forward for enviroCAB but for Arlington residents,” said Hans Hess, enviroCAB owner. “Pending final approval, we will be able to offer the citizens in the county environmentally friendly public transportation, while also working to offset the emissions of Arlington’s cab fleet through our carbon-negative plan.”

enviroCAB plans to meet with county officials, including the County Manager, to resolve remaining details of the ATC’s recommendation. The County Manager is scheduled to make a recommendation on taxi service to the Arlington County Board on August 15.

If approved, enviroCAB would be the first new cab company in Arlington County since 1984 and:

  • The first taxicab company within the Washington, D.C., region to put a fleet of fuel-efficient, low-emission hybrid vehicles on the roads.
  • The first taxicab company in the U.S. to completely offset its own emissions by purchasing “clean-source” offset credits.
  • The world’s first carbon-negative taxicab service by additionally offsetting a significant portion of the estimated emissions produced by the 655 taxis in Arlington.

Inspired by Arlington County’s Fresh AIRE initiative, enviroCAB is a business located in Arlington County that is dedicated to operating an environmentally sustainable transportation company, and to bringing a “green” taxi alternative to the citizens of Arlington County. enviroCAB will serve the taxi needs of Arlington County with a fleet of owner-operated carbon-negative vehicles that helps improve the health, welfare and safety of Arlington County citizens and taxicab drivers. For more information, contact Jennifer Strohm at 240.731.7381 or George Evanko at 703.848.1655