For all their attractions, electric cars can be hard to justify on a practical basis, reasons the New York Times. Factors like high initial cost and limited range reduce their viability as mass-market transportation. But runabouts like the Hiroko, a two-seat microcar prototype designed for urban car-sharing programs, offer a promising solution to gaps in today’s transportation network, reports the Times. Short-distance electric-car sharing could help bridge the gap between a commuter’s home and mass transit – the so-called first-mile problem – or from mass transit to the workplace, the last-mile problem. “It’s often just too far to walk to a mass-transit station,” said Elizabeth Deacon, professor of city and regional planning and urban design at the University of California, Berkley.
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