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  •  Wellll.. thanks for all the links, and (2+ / 0-)
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    koNko, mamamedusa

    sure, public transportation is better than private cars; but the point of the diary was that amidst all the noise about limited rollouts and 2014 availability and astonishing racing prototypes -- there really are EVs that

    1. Can be purchased from actual dealers
    2. Make economic sense
    3. Are practical and functional
    4. Are available today.

    •  And make great taxis (1+ / 0-)
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      mamamedusa

      In many Japanese cities upstart taxi companies using (mainly) Prius hybrids (Tokyo) and some EVs (smaller towns) have sprung-up and they charge lower fares than the full size LNG powered Taxis. Also a lot of Prius taxis in San Francisco now.

      Urban rail is not a one-size-fits-all solution, and it works best when there are integrated bus/minbus feeder lines and plenty of taxis and rental bikes for local transport.

      EVs are actually a natural for taxis particularly in congested cities since they don't use much power when idling and quick charger stations can be sited at/near taxi stands.

      I don't own a car and use public transportation wherever I go. This is a problem in some American cities but with a little planning it's usually more workable than many people realize. The internet is a great resource for planning.

      My stored value card collection:

      Top Down:

      San Francisco, CA (BART)
      Japan (Suica)
      Guangzhou, China
      Shenzhen, China
      Shanghai, China
      Hong Kong, China (Octopus)

      Hong Kong's Octopus Card is the most useful card in the stack, can be used for cashless purchases almost universally in that city, and a model of how NRF technology can be a winner.

      What about my Daughter's future?

      by koNko on Sun Jan 13, 2013 at 04:48:58 AM PST

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