Paris has launched an electric car-sharing program to cut air and noise pollution in the city.
Autolib, a project building on the success of the city’s bike-rental scheme, made its debut last Monday and officials want the self-service e-cars to be as much a part of Parisian life as the Eiffel Tower or Notre Dame Cathedral.
While many world cities have been developing greener alternatives to carbon-emitting vehicles, Paris says its program is the biggest of its kind: 250 vehicles hit the road last Monday, 2,000 are expected by next summer and 3,000 are planned within the next two years.
The four-seat compact Bluecar — so called even though it is really gray — is a collaboration between Italian car designer Pininfarina and French conglomerate Groupe Bollore, which hopes to showcase the Lithium Metal Polymer battery that powers the car.
Prospective users will need a valid ID, driver’s license and credit card before signing up online or via a videoconference with a customer service representative. Standard subscriptions cost 10 euros (NT$400) a day, 15 euros a week, and 144 euros a year. Beyond that, the hourly fees run from 4 euros to 9 euros based on the rental plan.
1. debut n.
首度登場 (shou3 du4 deng1 chang3)
例: Two different models of cars made their debut.
2. as much ... as ... adv. phr.
一樣多地 (yi2 yang4 duo1 de5)
例: It is as much your responsibility as ours.
3. hit the road v. phr.
上路 (shang4 lu4)
例: We’d better hit the road.
With the recent heavy rainfall and humidity, wild mushrooms have been shooting up in mountain forests and grasslands. In Nantou County’s Puli Township a man picked some unfamiliar fungi growing in the National Chung Hsing University experimental forest area along Nanan Road and took them home to cook. The result was that the whole family of five had to rush to hospital. For the sake of filling their bellies they almost lost their lives. It was truly a case of biting off more than they could chew. You hear many stories of people eating unfamiliar mushrooms and giving themselves food
A: Argh! B: What is it? A: Cockroach! Over there by the bookshelf. It’s huge! B: Oh no, not another one. I’m beginning to think there’s a cockroach nest inside our apartment. Don’t worry, I’ll deal with it. A: 啊！ B: 怎麼了？ A: 有蟑螂！在書櫃那邊。超大隻！ B: 哦不，不要再來了。我開始覺得我們公寓裡有蟑螂窩了。別擔心，我會處理的。 English 英文: Chinese 中文:
The sudden sharp fall in greenhouse gas emissions recorded in the early part of this year may seem like an environmental blessing, a breathing space as the world fights climate breakdown. Skies clear of aircrafts and streets free of cars have encouraged the return of nature and brought visions of a cleaner world. Carbon dioxide emissions had fallen by 17 percent on average by early April, according to a definitive study published in Nature Climate Change on May 19, as a result of the lockdown measures put in place around the world to tackle the coronavirus pandemic. In fact, the unprecedented decline