Sunday, September 10, 2006

Kawasaki Heavy Industries announces battery-powered street cars

Kawasaki Heavy Industries (KWHIY) has announced battery-powered street cars that will be on the streets of Japan in 2007. Although the battery can only power the car for about 6 miles, recharging stations at some stops could enable the car to run without any liquid fuel.

The emissions are near zero, although if and when the technology hits the U.S., there will undoubtedly be questions about the lesser of two evils: Running public transportation off of gasoline (oil) or the grid (mostly coal). Hybridcars.com
reports that emissions from grid-powered vehicles are far lower than those from vehicles powered by gasoline. Ideally, the train's recharging stations would be solar powered, or the grid would have enough wind power on it to further reduce the global warming pollution.

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