Attention eco-conscious travellers: a growing number of hybrid taxis are currently operating on Edmonton and Calgary streets thanks to a pilot program launched last year by Climate Change Central. Compared to conventional cabs, these hybrids reduce fuel consumption by 58 per cent on average — a savings of $8,696 per 100,000 kilometres. What’s it like to be shuttled around in a hybrid? Drivers report that passengers are enthusiastic about riding in a gas-electric Toyota Prius, Camry and Ford Escape. Most are also surprised by how roomy the vehicles are. To hail one of these eco-shuttles, call Alberta Co-op Taxi Line, Associated Cabs, Mayfair Taxi and Checker Cabs.