Policy: Environment & Energy

'Vending Machine' Rents Electric Cars Hourly

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Huge buildings in a Chinese city have been stacked high with electric vehicles, ready for drivers to rent. The aim is to get more people thinking green when it comes to driving. (Jan. 22)

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Hangzhou, China - January 15, 2014

1. Various of garage that houses electric cars

2. Car driving into parking lot

3. Wide of garage that houses cars

4. Traffic on city street

5. Various of car pulling into garage

6. Nats of HU Xiaoming, CEO, Kandi technologies group

7. Kandi car on road

8. Nats of Zhang Yongshun, EV car share customer

9. Various of cars

10. Nats of HU Xiaoming, CEO, Kandi technologies group

11. Kandi car driving

12. Exterior of Kandi showroom

13. Windshield perspective of car driving

14. Car pulling into parking lot

VOICE-OVER SCRIPT:

THIS GARAGE LOOKS A BIT LIKE A VENDING MACHINE FOR CARS. IN A WAY, IT REALLY IS. THEY CALL IT THE "KANDI MACHINE" YOU CAN RENT A CAR FOR A LITTLE MORE THAN THREE DOLLARS AN HOUR.

KANDI ELECTRICS GROUP STARTED THIS SERVICE SIX MONTHS AGO AND OPERATES TWO GARAGES LIKE THIS IN HANGZHOU... A CHINESE CITY OF TEN MILLION PEOPLE.

AND WHILE CHINA BATTLES CHOKING POLLUTION IN ITS MASSIVE CITIES--THESE CARS DON'T CONTRIBUTE. ALL OF THEM ARE ELECTRIC.

(nats in Mandarin)

THE CEO OF THE COMPANY SAYS THE CARS ARE DESIGNED FOR CITY USE. HE ADDS THAT THEY ARE A GOOD WAY TO FIGHT TRAFFIC CONGESTION.

(nats in Mandarin)

A 24-YEAR OLD CUSTOMER SAYS USING THE CARS IS CHEAPER AND MORE FLEXIBLE THAN TAXIS. BUT HE SAYS THERE AREN'T ENOUGH GARAGES THAT HOUSE THEM.

KANDI IS ALREADY AT WORK ON THAT PROBLEM. THE COMPANY HAS STARTED TO BUILD AN ADDITIONAL TEN GARAGES IN HANGZHOU. IT HOPES TO EXPAND THE SERVICE TO BEIJING AND SHANGHAI.

(nats in Mandarin)

KANDI'S CEO SAYS WITH CHINA'S ECONOMIC BOOM, IT'S IMPOSSIBLE TO REDUCE THE DEMAND FOR TRANSPORTATION. HE HOPES HIS SERVICE CAN REDUCE THE DEMAND FOR MORE PRIVATELY-OWNED CARS.

THEY ALSO CONTRIBUTE TO THE CHINESE GOVERNMENT'S GOAL OF HAVING TWO MILLION ELECTRIC VEHICLES ON THE ROADS BY 2020.

MATT FRIEDMAN, ASSOCIATED PRESS.

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