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Nathaniel Bullard

Don't Think of It as a Car. Think of It as a Job.

Going green gives us a whole new way of thinking about transportation.
Places to go and things to do.

Places to go and things to do.

Photographer: Balint Porneczi/Bloomberg

There was a raft of eye-catching announcements about electric vehicles in the past week, from buses in Indiana to scooters in Taiwan. Electrification is about more than just automobiles. Every new deployment of batteries and motors is a new opportunity to explore transportation in a different way -- seeing them not just as vehicles, but as jobs to be done.

The reason we hear mostly about electric cars is that a lot of cars in general are sold every year. Just last year, 84 million vehicles were sold worldwide. That’s nearly double the number sold in 2000, and half of all sales were in Asia, up from 18 percent in 2000.