New York to move with cleaner and more fuel-efficient vehicles. On one hand, it will relieve the taxi drivers of pollution and on the other the customers’ money at the pump. It is a mini-fleet of hybrid taxicabs introduced by Ford Motor Co. to serve the New York City. Within five years, the entire fleet of about 13,000 vehicles may be converted to gas-electric hybrids, the city officials said. But, initially, only six Ford Escape hybrids will enter New York’s taxi fleet. They will provide America with an alternative source of energy, thus, reducing its dependence on foreign oil. The Company’s CEO asserted that the Ford hybrid sport utility vehicle gets as much as 36 miles per gallon in city driving, double the mileage of the taxi fleet’s current Ford Crown Victoria model. He also added that a test model drove more than 500 miles on one tank of gas in New York. Though Ford currently offers two hybrid models, the Escape and the Mercury Mariner, it will be offering hybrid capability in half of its models by 2010.