Old timey car to replace NYC horse carriages shown

April 17, 2014 by Deepti Hajela

An electric car that proponents hope will replace horse-drawn carriages in New York City has been revealed.

The "Horseless eCarriage" prototype was unveiled Thursday at the New York International Auto Show. It was commissioned by NYCLASS, a group advocating for a ban on carriage horses. The group says it's inhumane to have the animals toiling in an .

The prototype car seats eight people and is made to look like it's from the early 20th century, with lots of brass and oversized wheels. Its creator says the selling price could be between $150,000 and $175,000.

Mayor Bill de Blasio wants to ban the horses. But carriage-horse operators and their allies—including actor Liam Neeson—have loudly opposed the mayor's plan.

The council has not yet introduced the legislation.

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not rated yet Apr 19, 2014
They look awesome, but they shouldn't stop there. Get all sorts of cool novelty electric carriages for tours around the park and such. Reproductions of some of the old 30s Mercedes and other cars. Do a few vehicles per decade until about 1960. Seems like the operating costs on these are much lower than horses. Quieter and without the smell of shit to boot.
Lex Talonis
not rated yet Apr 19, 2014
Actually - this gets the big NOD of approval...

BUT it needs an "Old Timey": flat shed style roof - common for the period, with about 3Kw of solar panels on it.
not rated yet Apr 19, 2014
Banning horse-drawn carriages in Central Park on animal welfare grounds is like blowing out a candle flame while the Sun still burns bright.

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