‘Horseless eCarriages’ introduced in New York City

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An electric car, speculated to replace the famous horse-drawn carriages in New York City was presented at the New York International Auto Show. The “Horseless eCarriage” prototype was commissioned by NYCLASS, a non-profit animal advocacy organisation, which believes that it’s inhumane to have the horses toiling in an urban environment.

The prototype car is designed to look like 20th century vehicle and can carry eight people. Creator Jason Wenig of The Creative Workshop said the selling price could be between $150,000 and $175,000.

However, before the cars could officially make their way to the streets around Central Park, legislation banning the carriage horses would have to be passed. And the Central Park Conservancy, a non-profit that looks after the park in partnership with the city, was against the idea of bringing more cars in there.

“Forty million people visit Central Park each year, including runners, bicyclists, kids and dog owners,” said Doug Blonsky, President and CEO, Central Park Conservancy, “Adding vehicles to the mix will make the park less safe for all of them and increase congestion.”