Alternative Fuel Vehicle Specifications

Adopted Rules: Closed to Comments

Effective Date: 
Monday, July 29, 2013


Statement of Basis and Purpose of Rule


Following a year-long detailed evaluation process, the City has selected the Nissan NV200 to be the exclusive taxicab vehicle for use in the City. The NV200 taxicabs will be known as the Official Taxicab Vehicle (OTV) or the Accessible Official Taxicab Vehicle (AOTV). Beginning on a date certain, known as the OTV Activation Date, all vehicles hacked up as taxicabs in the City must, with certain exceptions, be the OTV or AOTV.


It is anticipated that forthcoming models of the OTV will meet the requirements set forth in New York City Administrative Code Section 19-533, which provides that “one or more hybrid electric vehicle models . . . shall be eligible for immediate use by all current and future medallion owners.” The 19-533 compliant version of the OTV is also expected to be available in a wheelchair accessible version, making it New York City’s first ever hybrid and wheelchair accessible taxicab. However, at present the OTV is not available in a 19-533 compliant version.


To ensure that the TLC’s rules remain in compliance with section 19-533, the rule as promulgated sets forth specifications for hybrid electric vehicles and vehicles powered by compressed natural gas which may be hacked up as taxicabs following the OTV Activation Date. These specifications will apply from the activation date until an OTV meets the requirements of section 19-533. The owner of an unrestricted medallion may, and the owner of an alternative fuel medallion must hack up his or her medallion with a vehicle that meets these specifications. It is not required that a vehicle meeting these specifications be crash-tested with a partition installed, in recognition of the fact that, at present, no commercially available hybrid electric vehicle is crash-tested in this manner. However, the specifications do include requirements for interior volume designed to ensure that taxi passengers traveling in hybrid electric taxis other than the OTV receive a passenger experience comparable to that afforded by the OTV and the AOTV.


Interior volume measurements continue to be based on those provided by the manufacturer and do not reflect partition installation.


The Commission’s authority for this rules change is found in section 2303 of the New York City Charter and section 19-503 and 19-533 of the New York City Administrative Code.