Submitted by amyguinan on September 21, 2010 – 5:56pm
Israeli energy company, Better Place, has successfully launced a test-run of an electric taxi-fleet in Tokyo, Japan. The taxis pull up to the garage, and in 52 seconds have a new, recharged battery installed to the bottom of the car — less time than it takes to fill a tank of gasoline. There are 60,000 taxis in Tokyo – the largest fleet of any urban center in the world – collectively, they guzzle more than $600 million in gas a year. With the success of the July launch, other nations including Isreal, China and Denmark are eyeing the possibilities of electric vehicles – and are considering similar test fleets. Electric vehicles will soon be coming to American showrooms, also.