We have arrived in Vancouver and the first thing we noticed was that all the taxis are Toyota’s and over 2/3 of them are the Prius. Have you ever tried to fit luggage for three people, especially two teenage girls into a Prius and then squash a 6 foot three inch bloke in the front. Squishy isn’t quite the word for it.
The Prius Taxi though we had was 6 years old, had over 850,000km on the clock and drove pretty good. The driver had replaced the brakes and the batteries, with those from a wreck and he couldnt rave enough about it. He has had absolutely no problems with it and he reckoned that it was heaps cheaper to run than his last taxi. His next taxi which he has already bought is the Pruis 3 and he was keeping the exisiting taxi as a runaround for his wife (with 850,000km on the clock).
The other thing you notice is not only the abundance of Prius taxis but the general public has adopted them as well. They are everywhere, along with Honda Insights.
Vancouver is an energy concious city with the sky rail busses running on electricity and I have to say effeciently and clean.
Surprisingly though there are few big american pick up trucks here.
Next update soon 🙂