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 taxis.
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.