Lying Green Cabs

I quite like the new Green Cabs that are zipping around Wellington these days. They’re green in colour and use only the Toyota Prius, a hybrid petrol/electric car that is arguably more environmentally friendly than most other cars. Indeed, I seem to recall reading that Priuses do particularly well in stop-go city traffic where taxis spend most of their time. It all seems like a good idea for a business and I wish them well.

However, I do have a problem in that one of the Green Taxis has the license plate “0 SMOG”. While Toyota Priuses produce less emissions than most other cars, they still rely on a petrol engine and they still pump out various emissions, some of which contribute to smog.

I think we can safely assume that the presence of the plate is trying to imply that the taxi in question produces no smog rather than it just being a political exhortation. So, does this mean that the taxi driver is guilty of false advertising?

P.S. I hate it when manufacturers choose product names that are hard to refer to in the plural. I eventually ended up with Priuses because it sounded the best.

2 Responses to “Lying Green Cabs”

  1. 1caycos on Apr 15, 2008 at 9:05 pm:

    I just like that they have a cheaper rate :) (or I presume they still do)

  2. 2WasPhantom on Apr 16, 2008 at 12:35 pm:

    Watching the way that the cab drivers drive these cars, means that they’ll be running on their petrol engines almost exclusively (having driven a Prius before, I’ve played first hand with the balance between the electric and petrol engines). They seem to be being driven this way to get over the overall lack of power in a Prius, which I suspect will bring the petrol usage up closer to what other cabs are using anyway.