I was across the Potomac in Arlington County yesterday, where, to my mild surprise, I saw a Toyota Prius in use as a taxi. At first it struck me as strange, but it reminded me of Federal Express' experiments with electric vehicles. There was a story in the Times last week arguing that it takes years for the fuel savings of efficient vehicles to pay off when you consider the up-front costs of hybrid or electric engines, but the extent to which that's the case is obviously a function of how much you drive. Cabs and delivery vehicles log many many many more miles per day than a typical car, so they are in many ways the most compelling use case for this kind of technology.
TODAY IN SLATE
The Right Target
Why Obama’s airstrikes against ISIS may be more effective than people expect.
The One National Holiday Republicans Hope You Forget
It’s Legal for Obama to Bomb Syria Because He Says It Is
I Stand With Emma Watson on Women’s Rights
Even though I know I’m going to get flak for it.
Should You Recline Your Seat? Two Economists Weigh In.
It Is Very, Very Stupid to Compare Hope Solo to Ray Rice
Or, why it is very, very stupid to compare Hope Solo to Ray Rice.
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- U.S. Federal Prison Population Drops for the First Time in Decades
- Conservative Star D’Souza Avoids Jail Time for Illegal Campaign Contributions
- Moderate Chinese Intellectual Sentenced to Life in Prison After Show Trial
In Defense of HR
Startups and small businesses shouldn’t skip over a human resources department.