Rocker Chrissie Hynde backs horseless carriages for NY

The battery-powered Horseless eCarriage.
The battery-powered Horseless eCarriage. © Joel M. Bhuiyan

Rock icon Chrissie Hynde of The Pretenders is arriving at her concert at New York’s Beacon Theater in a Horseless eCarriage on Wednesday.

Chrissie Hynde, pictured in 2013.
Chrissie Hynde, pictured in 2013. © Harmony Gerber

Hynde, who is touring to support her new album Stockholm, says the new carriage is a safer, humane alternative that will also create jobs. She will make an announcement about the carriages at the Beacon Theatre, at 2124 Broadway, at 2.30pm, before her concert, which starts at 8pm.

“The eCarriage will mean New Yorkers will no longer have to step in manure or worry about a spooked horse smashing into a cab,” Hynde said.

Designed and built by Jason Wenig of The Creative Workshop, the eCarriage was envisioned, designed, and hand built to continue the grand tradition of historic touring in New York City, without the stigma of having horses living and working in dangerous midtown traffic.

NYCLASS, the group at the forefront of retiring the fleet of horses, commissioned the vehicle. The authentically styled and constructed brass-era fully electric tour vehicle can now be seen transporting people back in time on the streets of New York.

Stockholm is the first album Hynde has released under her own name.

3 thoughts on “Rocker Chrissie Hynde backs horseless carriages for NY

  • November 6, 2014 at 2:33 am
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    Ok course Chrissie Hynde backs horseless carriage. She is PETA. NYClass teaming up with PETA is not helping them its hurting animal activists. The more radical the more they lose public support.

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  • November 6, 2014 at 10:39 am
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    What, another clueless singer speaking out about a topic she knows almost nothing about? What a shock.

    Every single reputable horse professional who has seen the iconic Central Park Carriage horses, visited their stables – almost all unannounced – and interviewed the drivers and employees has publicly declared them safe and and emotionally and physically healthy, well fed, well cared for, and well adapted to their jobs. These horses are the most regulated and documented horses in the US, if not the world, with thousands of people (most of whom have cell phone cameras) observing them every day, Ms. Hynde must admit that it would be impossible to hide the kind of abuse NYCLASS and PETA claim. Oh, but yes, Ms. Hynde is a follower of PETA, that says a lot.

    No tourist in NYC will pay money to ride in just another car. It’s safe to say NYCLASS paid almost a half a million bucks for a ginormous (the thing is as big and heavy as a loaded city bus, for gawd’s sake) toy. Maybe they can hire it out for vegan weddings. But remember, the Central Park Conservancy will never let that thing near their park roads, so your wedding photo ops just won’t be ideal.

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  • November 7, 2014 at 6:31 am
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    And exactly WHO is she to make such statements? These e-carriages are electric, meaning the pollution generated to make the electricity on which they run, is generated outside NYC. Electric cars like this are NOT pollution free. What about the massive batteries that are used to power this vehicle ( hazardous waste)? If there is an accident, there will more health problems than possibly “stepping in manure”. Has this vehicle been crash tested? The Central Park Conservancy will NOT allow these vehicles into the Park. Too many unanswered questions about this vehicle’s safety to even consider using them in a city of millions of people.

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