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Electric Vehicles to Make Headway in Hong Kong with Taxis

Dec 20, 2012
Source: 
(Smart Planet)

Wong Sek-lun, a taxi driver in Hong Kong, is not impressed by the idea of using an electric cab.

“They wouldn’t go very far before running out of battery, which means you’d have to recharge them twice in a shift,” he said, while driving through slow-moving traffic in his petrol-engine vehicle in the ubiquitous red.

While the adoption of electric vehicles has been slow here, Hong Kong’s large fleet of taxis could soon become a testing ground for meaningful inclusion of more electric and hybrid cars on the roads.

But the limitations of driving electric vehicles, which have no emissions when driven, make them seem impractical for taxis, experts say, for precisely the reason that Wong mentioned.