Look Ma, Hong Kong’s first eco cars!
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Look Ma, Hong Kong’s first eco cars!

Hong Kong made its historic debut in the car industry with the launch of MyCar, an electric car built in collaboration between Hong Kong-based EuAuto Technology and Polytechnic University. The battery-powered car was displayed to the public today and test driven by Financial Secretary John Tsang.

Other than being an eco-friendly car, it is also a cheap alternative to conventional petrol fueled vehicles. It costs over HK$2 (US$0.26) for a normal petrol seven-seater to run for about one kilometer. With MyCar, it only costs 10 Hong Kong cents to travel the same distance. Fully charged batteries only cost HK$10 and runs 100 kilometers on optimal battery performance. What’s more, MyCar only costs only HK$90,000.

Sounds great, right?
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/>Not so, unfortunately. This car may qualify as an eco hero in helping Hong Kong reduce its carbon footprint, but with equipped with two seats only, MyCar brings in road congestion more  than relief to coughing pedestrians. And it’s only permitted to travel on roads with a speed limit of 50 kilometers per hour. I guess it’s best to serve the quiet neighborhood of Discovery Bay or restrict it from major roads in the city.

I reckon that unless you fork out 90 grand for the car, plus insurance and registration, the car will still be named TheirCar.
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