Japanese taxis represent a mere two percent of all passenger vehicles on the road in Japan, yet they emit approximately 20 percent of all carbon dioxide (CO2) from vehicles due to their average distance traveled in a given day.
From a news release by Better Place. The company statement highlights the projects ability to showcase their technology in a place known for high-technology expertise in automotive and other fields. Better Place, which Lynne has mentioned a time or two before, is pursuing an electric vehicle approach involving battery swapping to speed vehicle “refueling.”
(HT to Chris Davis, at Discovery News: PowrTalk, who notes that taxi fleets are an ideal testing ground for Better Place’s system.)