Guiyang in Guizhou province has seen a first batch of 500 hybrid taxis being put into service in the city, China Daily reported Tuesday. “Compared with previous taxis, the hybrid cars only consume 3.5 liters of gas daily and help drivers save about 150 yuan (US$24.80) in gas bills each day,” Huang Wei, head of the Guiyang Qianxi Taxi Co., was quoted as saying. The 500 taxis have terminals installed that give passengers clear information on drivers and the company, the report said. They also support quick financial payments so passengers can pay by bank card for their taxi trips. All of Guiyang’s 7,000 taxis will be replaced by hybrid taxis with intelligent terminals, with upgrading of the remaining 6,500 vehicles scheduled to begin in March, the report said.
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