Are these electric cars going to replace the horse-drawn carriages in Central Park?

If animal-rights group NYCLASS gets its way, this is what the tourists will be riding in soon

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E-Cars to Replace Carriage Horses in Central Park

E-Cars to Replace Carriage Horses in Central Park Photograph: courtesy of The Creative Workshop


The horse-drawn carriages that pull tourists around Central Park are a divisive issue. On one hand, you have animal-rights groups like NYCLASS, who claims that the practice causes needless suffering to the horses and that they have adoption homes ready for every animal as soon as a ban on horse-drawn carriages is imposed. On the other hand, you have a very vocal group (which is being heavily backed by the Daily News) that maintains that the horses are an integral part of New York life, and that Mayor de Blasio's campaign to eliminate them stems entirely from his desire to please wealthy backers who want to develop the West Side properties where the stables currently stand.

There are compelling arguments on both sides, but the question for casual onlookers, of course, is just what the hell to do when elderly relatives come to visit if the horses are gone? NYCLASS revealed their proposed answer at the Javits Center yesterday in the form of these electric cars, which sport a classic, early-20th-century look and seat up to eight people. They cost $450,000 to design and build, but are expected to cost a lot less—around $150,000—if they go into production. A top speed of 5mph would be enforced inside the park, and each car even has an old-timey a-WOOO-ga horn. Only time will tell if the general public prefers that to the more traditional sound of a whinny. 

What do you think of the plan to replace the horses with these vehicles? Let us know your thoughts in the comments.

  • Photograph: courtesy of The Creative Workshop

    E-Cars to Replace Carriage Horses in Central Park

  • Photograph: courtesy of The Creative Workshop

    E-Cars to Replace Carriage Horses in Central Park

  • Photograph: courtesy of The Creative Workshop

    E-Cars to Replace Carriage Horses in Central Park

  • Photograph: courtesy of The Creative Workshop

    E-Cars to Replace Carriage Horses in Central Park

Photograph: courtesy of The Creative Workshop

E-Cars to Replace Carriage Horses in Central Park


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