Atlanta's First Hybrid Taxicab
Checker Cab Introduces First Hybrid Taxicab in Atlanta
Atlanta Checker Cab Company, celebrating over 60 years of service to the Atlanta metro area, has added the city’s first Toyota Prius taxicab to its fleet.
August 2007 - Checker Cab Company’s 200+ vehicle fleet now holds the distinction of operating the city’s first hybrid taxicab. Checker President and TLPA Vice-President Rick Hewatt, asserts the recently added 2007 Toyota Prius, is the only ultra low-emission, economic fuel-electric operated vehicle of its kind in any of Atlanta’s taxicab fleets. Stewart Rountree, the Checker operator who participated in the endeavor, will drive the vehicle for Checker Cab.
Checker Cab Company, located in the City of Atlanta, was started in 1947 by R.F. Hewatt, Sr. and has remained a family-run operation for more than 60 years. R. F. Hewatt Jr. ran the business for over 40 years until his retirement in 2001. Third generation owner-operator Richard C. (Rick) Hewatt, father of three, has avidly campaigned to promote environmentally sound modes of transportation for the riding public. Fuel conservation and improved air quality conditions for the community and future generations are contributing factors in Rick’s philosophy of fleet vehicle acquisitions.
A long-time proponent of alternative fuel vehicles, Rick was the first to initiate the use propane and natural gas cars in Checker’s renowned fleet. He holds the distinction of being the first large fleet taxicab operator in Atlanta to be awarded the Clean-Cities Atlanta Green Leaf Award for his contribution to the alternative fuel vehicle market. Rick insists, “Patrons will be pleasantly surprised by Checker Cab’s Toyota Prius. A mid-sized sedan with roomy interior and large storage area, it boasts an impressive 55 mpg in the city.”
For those skeptics who feel hybrid cars compromise comfort for fuel economy, Rick Hewatt suggests they try it. “Checker Cab prides itself on outstanding customer service, and the Checker’s Toyota Prius complements that service on every level.”
About Atlanta Checker Cab
A leader in public transportation, Atlanta Checker Cab has been internationally recognized with a number of national industry and operator awards. Consistent with its commitment of service to the public, the company has been recognized as the best cab company in Atlanta by the Atlanta Journal Constitution and the Atlanta Magazine.