Commissioned by the animal advocacy group NYCLASS, the car was created both as a replacement for the inhumane horse carriage industry, and as a way to boost the city as an ecotourism destination. The eight-passenger, fully electric car has a top speed of 30 mph and a range of 100 miles.
"I believe New York City is about being progressive. And being progressive also means to protect our animal rights," said NYC Councilman Ydanis Rodriguez, who supports the horse-and-carriage ban and was on hand for the unveiling. "That's why I'm standing here and saying having dozens of horses going through accidents in the streets of New York City is unacceptable."
As The Dodo reported earlier this week, Mayor Bill de Blasio announced that the carriage horses will be banned by the end of the year, and they will go to sanctuaries that are already bidding to take them in.