• May 20th 2010 at 9:01AM
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BYD E6 – Click above for high-res image gallery

Just a few days ago, BYD launched 40 E6 taxis in the Chinese city of Shenzhen. These vehicles are believed to be the first electric taxis to take to the roads in China. They may just be some lowly taxis, but it's a start towards reducing emissions countrywide. As BYD chief executive officer Wang Chuanfu said, "The E6 cars' ET (environment technology) batteries give off zero emissions and cause no harm to the environment." That's not counting the actual production of the batteries, of course, but we'll give it to him.

The taxis are operated and maintained by Pengcheng Electric Taxi Co., Ltd, which is partially owned by none other than BYD. Each taxi costs around $40,000 (U.S.) and the company hopes to add 60 more to its fleet by the end of June. The E6 is ideal for taxi service with an impressive claim of 300 kilometers (186 miles) per charge. Although a fleet of 100 EVs will have virtually no impact on the air quality of one of the largest and most smog-infested nations, everything has to start somewhere. Hat tip to Larz!


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[Source: Xinhuanet]


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      • 5 Years Ago
      It may be a lowly taxi, but if you want to *really* test a car, make it into a taxi. They get more abuse in a shorter period of time than nearly anything else on the road.
      • 5 Years Ago
      As vanilla EV's go, this one looks pretty good. It would be better with more taper on the back, but it looks quite practical.

      What is the official range, and weight, and battery pack info on this car?

      Sincerely, Neil
        • 5 Years Ago
        Wikipedia is your friend! I added the math from BYD's original 250-mile range claim that implied the e6 has a 72 kW·h (!) battery pack. BYD then lowered the range to 205 miles and pack size to 48 kW·h. That's still huge, and there are still conflicting claims on 0-60, etc. BYD gave weight at one point as 4,453 lb.

        By releasing the vehicles to their own taxi fleet, BYD avoids any of that pesky customer feedback and independent review.

        Here's a permanent link to the May 17th version of the page, in case BYD PR removes the incriminating evidence of their shifting claims :-)
        http://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=BYD_e6&oldid=362738495
      • 5 Years Ago
      more pictures of e6 for your guys :




      http://auto.msn.com.cn/auto_guide/2010520/321879.shtml
      • 5 Years Ago
      At 186 miles range, i am interrested to buy if local journalists in canada tried it in winter and obtain 186 miles before been struck on the highway. Ahh nahh... if there is no small gasoline electrical generator included , i am not interrested to buy anyway. for 40 000$, the small electrical ganerator add 500 to 2000$ approx, why skip it ?