enviroCAB Launches in Greater Washington, D.C. Area To Become Nation’s First
‘Green’ Taxi Fleet
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Monday, February 11, 2008
Allison Gebhardt (301) 581-7293
office, (216) 570-7520 cell
enviroCAB Launches in Greater Washington, D.C. Area To Become
Nation’s First ‘Green’ Taxi Fleet
All-Hybrid Taxicab Service Offers ‘Cleaner Air For The Same Fare’
ARLINGTON, Va.- enviroCAB (www.envirotaxicab.com), the nation’s
first all-hybrid taxicab fleet, officially opened for business in greater Washington,
D.C. today. The fleet of hybrid Toyota Priuses, Camrys and Highlanders and Ford
Escapes guarantees passengers environmentally-friendly taxicab service at no additional
cost (standard taxicab fares apply).
“We are thrilled to provide the environmentally-conscious with a taxicab service
that guarantees a green ride,” said Hans Hess, enviroCAB partner. “By
choosing an enviroCAB, passengers are also supporting the offsetting of emissions
being spewed by the non-hybrid cabs in our area. We will effectively emit zero carbon
dioxide, and we’ll also remove the emissions of two additional existing cabs
for every enviroCAB we put on the street through our carbon-negative offset plan.”
To celebrate the launch of enviroCAB, Arlington County voters will receive free
rides to the polls between 9 am and 12 noon on Tuesday, Feb. 12 to the first 100
callers. Free rides to the polls will be available to Arlington County residents
who schedule a ride through enviroCAB’s dispatch office at 703-920-3333.
enviroCAB is the first carbon-negative taxicab company in the world. Inspired by
Arlington County’s Fresh AIRE initiative, enviroCAB is:
- The first taxicab company within the Washington, D.C. region to put a fleet on the
road comprised entirely of fuel-efficient, low-emission hybrid vehicles.
- 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 offsetting the emissions
of 100 of the approximately 685 non-hybrid taxis operating in Arlington,Va.
“Arlington has worked hard to raise awareness about the importance of reducing
greenhouse gas emissions,” stated Arlington Board Chairman Walter Tejada.
“We’re very pleased to welcome enviroCAB to Arlington, the nation’s
first all-hybrid taxicab company. They will be a great asset to our business community,
and a strong supporter of Arlington’s green initiatives.”
enviroCAB will emit 2.3 million pounds of carbon dioxide less than similarly sized
standard taxi vehicles, and will offset an additional 1.5 million pounds of carbon
dioxide emission for its fleet to be carbon neutral. By purchasing “clean-source”
offset credits, enviroCAB will become carbon-negative by offsetting another 7.6
million pounds of carbon dioxide, or the equivalent of 100 older, fuel inefficient
The taxicab company is already providing service to all major airports for many
corporate clients who are “going green.” enviroCAB expects to have its
full fleet of 50 vehicles in operation by March 2008.
Arlington, Va., is a world-class urban community that was originally part of the
“10-mile square” parcel of land surveyed in 1791 to be the Nation's
Capital. It is the geographically smallest self-governing county in the United States,
occupying slightly less than 26 square miles. Known for its urban villages and transit-oriented
development, Arlington maintains a rich variety of stable neighborhoods, quality
schools and enlightened land use. In 2002, the county was the first recipient of
the Environmental Protection Agency’s highest award for “Smart Growth.”
Home to some of the most influential organizations in the world – including
the Pentagon – Arlington stands out as one of America’s preeminent places
to live, visit and do business.