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A inside the automated, electric-car “Kandi Machine,” named by producer Aaron Rockett, YouTube included below.

is growing so fast it’s difficult to get different sources to agree which the biggest are and how many people live in But that said, among is a name unfamiliar to most the city of Hangzhou, located in China, and home to 8.7 million as of That would make it the city in the U.S. even it’s barely a third the of Shanghai, the world’s largest.

But isn’t just big, also home to an ambitious that combines electric giant vending machines and a Zipcar -like business Oh, and if it works, private car ownership as we it is probably going to disappear in the biggest cities.

The Chinese begun to fall in love the automobile as prosperity has rained over the past two decades. But that love affair has some of the world’s worst air With perhaps 80 million new expected on China’s roads by the end of the (joining the 120 million already in the government has taken the drastic of actually limiting the number of new plates it will issue.

Notably, even within the will come a gradually quota that requires of the new vehicles to be green — running on gas or electricity.

Prior to the auto in China, most people with a combination of walking, trains or scooters. As incomes risen, however, more find the need for a car at least now and perhaps for a big trip to the store or to family outside the city. In the a similar need was identified than a decade ago and Zipcar was allowing people access to by the hour at multiple locations the city.

Urbanites across the now can have most of the benefit of a car much of the hassle of owning

In China, though, everything is A company called Kandi plans on making 100,000 available to the residents of Hangzhou for rental over the next of years. It’s also to expand into 2-3 other during 2014. But instead of small parking lots a handful of cars like Kandi is building automated (see the video below by filmmaker Aaron Rockett ) hold between 30 and 300 cars They work like vending machines: Put in your out pops a car.

While it will take for Kandi to build the 750 such it has planned for Hangzhou, the service is operating and 50 garages should be in by March.

For just $3.25 per you can rent one of the Kandi cars. are built in partnership with best known in the west as the that bought Volvo. The are electric, with a range of 75 and a top speed of 50 miles per hour. that might seem the vehicles are intended for urban use and the speed limits max out at about 30 in

They resemble the Smart which happens to be used by the service, a Zipcar alternative operates in Denver, San Diego and a of other American cities.

An difference between Car2Go and is that the former allows rentals, as does Kandi. in New York or San Francisco who has experienced the bike-sharing services there just how convenient that is. is effectively dedicated parking to off the vehicle at either end of your and there’s no need to pay for the time at a party or in a meeting.

Kandi’s planned ubiquity make the service compelling for Hangzhou residents, even it won’t offer the ability to leave the car parked anywhere (as does, with mixed

Kandi has an offer for people also want something to ownership as well. They it the “Long Lease,” though it run 1-3 years, short to average by standards. For a single price of $130-160 per month, you get insurance, and power.

Most Chinese have the ability to install an charger easily, but Kandi solve the problem by swapping similar to what Tesla has for super-fast “recharging.” Kandi then recharge the batteries at its When Tesla showed of its of the technology, CEO Elon Musk it might be the best solution in areas where charging is to come by. The Chinese may well be of the curve here, deploying what the U.S. contemplates for

That isn’t to say Tesla have its lunch eaten by On the contrary, the company’s single-minded of longer-range electric vehicles has led to innovations here as well. The Supercharger network now has 49 locations it is possible to restore half the capacity in 20 minutes.

The company’s call for tripling that next year.

In the meantime, Kandi will bring a car-sharing experiment to one of the world’s cities. If it goes as planned, will be more EV drivers in than anywhere in the world and Chinese cities will certainly adopt the technology It’s unlikely too many who come to the automobile through per-hour-usage model will to become car-owning, parking-space insurance-buying folks in the future. not uncommon for urban car owners to a few blocks to a parking garage or hours a week looking for a

This kind of car sharing has appeal.

But in China, it should on faster. The Chinese are not wedded to ideas of what a car is supposed to be so getting them to accept small, slow, short-range is likely to be less challenging it has been to sell, say, the Leaf in the U.S. (The has had its best year so far, 20,800 units through And though air quality here is less than perfect — of rain in California has given us a number of “spare the air” recently — it’s nothing as bad as China’s largest cities.

So this project was born out of but also entrepreneurial zeal. The of passion that powered the economic engine at the turn of the century and helped turn auto industry into a powerhouse from very beginnings here in the 1980s. for its part, had its vehicles fail test as recently as 2009. designs on the global market, it back to the drawing board and 4-star ratings in Europe 2 years later.

It’s cars are considered among the in China based on tests.

it’s a small company, less than 3% of the Chinese And Kandi would be fairly as a startup. Together, they are to turn the auto industry on its at least in China. But if the plan the concepts are exportable — and ripe for For China, usually the innovation has co-opted there, often consternation among foreign

Perhaps the greatest long threat for Kandi is that the new works exactly as they With so much opportunity of Chinese, they might face clones not just but even at home. Of course, an industry that sells rather than cars is different on its own.

So those might not entirely come within.

I’ll be looking at the intersection of cars and technology in upcoming posts. If you have stories to tell, feel to get in touch.

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