General Motors has sponsored an MIT Media Lab project to address "the last mile" of public transportation. The carbon-free, stackable, electric rental car will debut next week at the EICMA Motorcycle show in Milan.
"The MIT group sees the vehicles as the linchpin in a strategy that aims to mitigate pollution with electric power, expand limited public space by folding and stacking vehicles like shopping carts, and alleviate congestion by letting people rent and return the vehicles to racks located near transportation hubs, such as train stations, airports, and bus depots," Technology Review said.
The issue with public transportation is that it's great for getting you from point A, to point B, it just so happens to no one lives at either end. It's that last mile that's the tricky part. How do you get from the train station to your house when there's no bus? That's the problem GM is looking to tackle.
Stackable, Public Rental EV- MIT City Cars Go Last Mile
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STACKABLE, PUBLIC RENTAL EV- MIT CITY CARS GO LAST MILE
Published: Nov 2, 2007 • References: technologyreview