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Tokyo Rolls Out Taxi of Tommorrow

September 28, 2015

Tokyo’s taxi companies will shift as much as 30 percent of their fleets to an LPG-powered hybrid from Toyota Motor Corp by 2020, according to a report by The Malay Mail Online.

The Tokyo taxi companies will begin buying Toyota’s JPN Taxi hybrid from 2018, in time for the Tokyo Olympic Games two years later. The wheelchair-friendly car will be more fuel efficient and cleaner than the Prius and sell for about ¥3 million (about U.S. $25,004), according to the report.

Toyota showed a JPN Taxi concept two years ago at the Tokyo Motor Show. The car featured electronically operated sliding doors and a monitor beneath the moonroof displaying the fare, turn-by-turn navigation, and the driver’s name and photo. It has been compared in appearance to the London black cab and has higher headroom than the Crown models that have been a mainstay of the city’s taxi fleet since the 1970s, according to the report.

The taxi association will ask for government subsidies and tax reductions to support companies purchasing about 10,000 of the new cabs, according to the report.

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