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Toyota to roll out electric-car sharing in Thailand

Automaker teams with college to gauge effects on traffic, pollution

Thai Industry Minister Uttama Savanayana sits in a Toyota electric car of the type that will scoot around campus.

BANGKOK -- Toyota Motor will launch an electric-vehicle sharing service in Thailand, offering 30 cars at a university by mid-2018 in its first such venture in an emerging economy.

The service launches this December on the Chulalongkorn University campus here under a partnership announced Thursday. It will start out with 10 ultracompact single-seaters bookable via smartphone. The cars will cost 30 baht (90 cents) for the first 20 minutes.

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