Hong Kong Launches All-Electric Taxi Fleet To Combat Pollution
Manufactured by Chinese carmaker BYD, the cabs promote environmental sustainability.
- 20 may 2013
Chinese carmaker BYD has announced the launch of Hong Kong’s first all-electric taxi fleet. The first batch of 45 BYD e6 taxis have been placed into service and the e6 ‘Taxi version’ and ‘Premier’ sedan are now on sale in the city.
It is hoped that the e6 models will combat pollution and help reduce the intense smog surrounding Hong Kong. The 5-passenger EV is powered by the BYD Iron-Phosphate batteries. It takes only two hours to fully charge the e6 and it can then travel up to 300 km.
In conjunction with the introduction of Hong Kong’s first pure electric taxi fleet and the e6 Premier sedans, BYD is setting up 47 chargers in 9 charging locations near car parks throughout Hong Kong as the first phase of deployment. The company plans to increase the number of charging facilities as adoption rolls out. Mr. Wang Chuan-fu, chairman and president of BYD, said:
As a leading innovator in the green-energy market sector, BYD uses best-of-breed EV technologies for our e6 Taxis and e6 Premier sedans launching in Hong Kong. This not only asserts our green vision for promoting environmental sustainability for a better world, but is also a significant step for us in bringing green transport to benefit all people.