- 04/29/2013 by Michael Holmes (WBAI)

NYCLASS has signed a contract with The Creative Workshop to begin production of the first ever prototype of the Horseless Carriage.The all-electric vintage replica car will revamp the carriage industry, bringing it into the 21st century by replacing the abused carriage horses.The Creative Workshop is a world-renowned automotive restoration and customization firm, will be designing and producing the new car.“Even though passengers will feel like they are being transmitted to the Gatsby era, the electric car will have cutting edge battery and EV technology and many ergonomic and safety features not found on the horse-drawn carriages or the original cars for that matter,” Jason Wenig, founder and president of The Creative Workshop said. “Not to mention, it can hold more passengers than the carriages and is outfitted and amenable to all types of weather.”

The organization has gained support from a broad coalition including Manhattan Borough President Scott Stringer, City Councilwoman Melissa Mark Viverito, Public Advocate Bill DeBlasio. More than 100,000 people have signed a petition in support of replacing the horses with cars.

United States Congressman Jerrold Nadler has also voiced his support of the modern alternative “When NYCLASS approached me last year to help with its cause, I was more than happy to lend a hand,” said Congressman Jerrold Nadler. “As a resident of Manhattan’s Upper West Side and an animal lover, I have seen the poor, overworked carriage horses for years and wanted to provide relief for the animals.”

NYCLASS wants the NYC Council to allow them to run a pilot program in Central Park, at no cost to the city. The pilot program will run one Horseless Carriage prototype concurrent to the carriage route and will provide the opportunity for carriage drivers, animal advocates, elected officials and passengers to test and prove the economic viability of the electric car. To learn more about NYCLASS and to sign the petition to call for a ban on horse drawn carriages in NYC, click the Read More link below.

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