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Electric Car Option for Beijing Trips
   2015-01-12 20:30:44    CRIENGLISH.com      Web Editor: Guo


Electric car option for Beijing trips

Five electric vehicles have set off on a journey from Beijing to Shanghai, piloting a scheme that would see the 1,260-kilometer trip cost a maximum of 400 yuan, or roughly 64 US dollars in charging fees half the fuel cost of gas-powered vehicles.

The vehicles are recharged at stations currently being built by the State Grid Corp of China along the Beijing-Shanghai Expressway.

Charging stations are located every 50 kilometers along the route and a single station can fully charge a vehicle within half an hour.

An electric vehicle needs to charge around six times en route or every 200 kilometers.

The State Grid, the monopoly power distributor in all but five provinces in China, is building tens of thousands of charging spots across China to establish a network on highways from Beijing to Hong Kong.


Cabbies strike over high fees, phone apps

China has witnessed a series of protests by taxi drivers in the past few weeks, as public debate rages as to whether the industry should be made more market-oriented and how taxi and car-hailing mobile apps should be regulated.

Following the strikes in Shenyang and Dongyang this month, cab drivers in Nanjing took to the streets the past weekend, bringing the city's traffic to a standstill.

The drivers said they were calling for a reduction in the franchise fees they pay to the taxi companies every month, which is nearly half of their total fares.

Apart from franchise fees and increasing competition, drivers have also complained that excessively low fares, low fuel surcharge allowances, low compensation for time spent stuck in traffic and the new ride-hailing apps have greatly hurt their incomes.


Brazil drought brews trouble for coffee

Brazil's coffee harvest last year was hit by one the country's worst droughts in decades, with effects on the world's largest producer now threatening to spill over into this year, pushing prices even higher.

Brazil's 290-thousand growers produce around a third of the world's coffee.

According to the ministry of agriculture, last year's total yield was down over 7 percent from 2013 and well below initial forecasts.

Production of high grade arabica slumped even more drastically, by 15 percent.

The falling production has sent prices soaring, with arabica up by half in 2014 and expected to keep increasing this year.

Unlike many crops that are replanted and harvested each year, coffee is grown in a two-year cycle. So initial predictions for 2014, made before the drought took hold, had initially forecast a much stronger harvest.

NDTV.COM (India)

Road Safety Week: Nitin Gadkari Promises Stringent Laws To Make India's Roads Safer

India's roads are a dangerous place with data showing that over 1.4 million people die every year due to accidents.

The India Road Safety Week starting from January 11 hopes to draw attention to this serious issue and take some constructive steps to make India's roads safer.

The campaign will organize many ground activities across Mumbai, Bangalore and among others, through the week.

Minister of Road Transport and Highways, Nitin Gadkari while lending his support to the campaign also provided details of the proposed road safety and highway bill for last year.

The proposed bill has been drafted in sync with the best practices of the advanced nations.

Mr Gadkari explained that the new road safety law will ensure that no one gets a license through manipulation. In India, 30 percent of the motorists carry bogus licenses.



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