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TOKYO: The world’s first taxis with easily replaceable batteries hit
the streets of the Japanese capital Monday in a government-funded
experiment.
The purpose-built cars that can run on easily swapped batteries rather
than wait to be recharged or switch to other fuels were launched in
Tokyo by Japan’s energy agency. Three cars based on the Nissan Dualis
will operate as normal taxis on the city’s streets during the 90-day
experiment, a joint project with Better Place, a US firm specialising
in providing electric vehicle infrastructure.
“Tokyo can become the capital of electric vehicles,” said Kiyotaka
Fujii, president of the Japanese unit of Better Place. Ordinary Tokyo
taxis can clock up as many as 300 kilometres (186 miles) a day, the
company says, and the city is by far the world’s largest taxi market
with 60,000 cabs more than New York, Paris and London combined. While
taxis represent only two per cent of all passenger vehicles in Tokyo,
they emit about 20 per cent of all carbon dioxide (CO2) from
vehicles.
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