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October 23, 2017

These Electric Cars May Replace Horse-Drawn Carriages In NYC


Liam Neeson is about to get a whole lot more “pissed” at New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio.

Visitors to the New York International Auto Show sit in an electric carriage prototype in New York, Thursday, April 17, 2014.  A prototype of the old-timey electric cars that Mayor Bill de Blasio would like to take the place of horse-drawn carriages on New York City streets will be unveiled at the New York Auto Show on Thursday. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)

Visitors to the New York International Auto Show sit in an electric carriage prototype in New York, Thursday, April 17, 2014. A prototype of the old-timey electric cars that Mayor Bill de Blasio would like to take the place of horse-drawn carriages on New York City streets will be unveiled at the New York Auto Show on Thursday. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)

On the heels of the actor’s impassioned New York Times editorial urging de Blasio not to ban Central Park’s horse-drawn carriages, activists on Thursday unveiled a model of the vintage-styled electric car likely to replace them — yet another sign de Blasio’s campaign promise may be fulfilled soon.

The “Horseless eCarriage,” commissioned by animals rights group NYCLASS, debuted at the New York International Auto Show. The cars were designed with an antique style from the early 1900’s, likely to preserve the old world character of the carriages that’s proven popular with tourists.

Neeson’s very public fight to save the horse-carriage trade in Manhattan — “an entire way of life and a historic industry are under threat,” he wrote — has brought an usual amount of attention on the issue. Earlier this week, both the Times and The New York Daily News also published their own editorials arguing that the carriage business should survive.

However, De Blasio, who claims the horses are treated inhumanely has shown no signs of giving up his campaign promise to shut down the industry.

A prototype of an electric carriage is displayed at the New York International Auto Show in New York, Thursday, April 17, 2014.  A prototype of the old-timey electric cars that Mayor Bill de Blasio would like to take the place of horse-drawn carriages on New York City streets will be unveiled at the New York Auto Show on Thursday. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)

A prototype of an electric carriage is displayed at the New York International Auto Show in New York, Thursday, April 17, 2014. A prototype of the old-timey electric cars that Mayor Bill de Blasio would like to take the place of horse-drawn carriages on New York City streets will be unveiled at the New York Auto Show on Thursday. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)a

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