Free EcoCabs, Eh?

Photo: EcoCab

Starting today, a fleet of 28 EcoCabs has descended upon the smoggy streets of downtown Toronto.

What’s an EcoCab, you ask? In addition to being an adorably goofy alternative to the iconic yellow cab, the EcoCab runs mostly on a trained driver’s pedal-power (in other words, a modern-day rickshaw) and is powered by a rechargeable electric battery. The emission-free three-wheelers clip along at a sprightly 7.5 miles an hour in bike lanes and offer residents and tourists short-distance transport between Toronto’s shopping, dining, and entertainment destinations as well as office buildings and transit stations. Each cab is equipped to carry two adult passengers. The best part? Rides are free of charge, funded by advertising on the exterior of each vehicle.

According to speculation, EcoCabs will hit Vancouver and Montreal next year.

Photo: Kazuyoshi Ehara/CNW Group


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  1. Sago Palm
    July 10, 2010, 3:07 pm

    It would be fun to use ecocabs throughout the streets of Toronto.

  2. Suz
    May 27, 2008, 12:42 pm

    Go Canada! What a great idea. I especially love that they’re free. I wonder if anyone has had trouble finding one available or if they are all taken all the time?

  3. The Cycling Dude
    May 4, 2008, 2:44 am

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