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NYC taxis to go green

New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg is ordering his city's cabs to go green.

NEW YORK (CNN) -- The ubiquitous New York yellow cab is going green.

New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg is expected to announce on Tuesday that
he will order the city's entire taxi fleet be converted to gas-electric hybrids by 2012, sources close to the mayor told CNN.

According to the sources, Bloomberg will instruct Matthew Daus, the commissioner of the New York City Taxi and Limousine Commission, to begin a cycle of replacement that will see 20 percent replaced each year until all of the city's approximately 13,000 taxis are hybrids in 2012.

In the summer of 2005, the commission approved six models of hybrids for use on city streets. The vehicles include three SUVs -- the Toyota Highlander, Lexus RX 400H and Ford Escape -- and three four-door sedans -- the Toyota Prius, Honda Accord and Honda Civic.

-- CNN Political Director Sam Feist
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