BYD can now lay claim to producing South America's largest all-electric taxi fleet. The China-based automaker said 45 BYD e6 EVs have been put into taxi service in Bogota, Colombia. The crossover EVs are part of a pilot project geared to boost green-car adoption in Colombia and are said to have a single-charge range of about 180 miles (though real-world range may vary, as we all know).
BYD first announced the Bogota agreement last December, but the company's first electric-taxi efforts date back to 2010, when the automaker deployed 40 e6 EVs for the taxi fleet in BYD's hometown of Shenzhen, China. Last October, BYD reached an agreement to supply as many as 50 e6 EVs to Greentomatocars for a London taxi fleet. About 800 e6 EVs have been put on the road as taxis worldwide.
As for Colombia, that country is using import incentives to boost green-car use. The country has eliminated import duties on electric vehicles as a way to bring a targeted 2,200 EVs to Colombia within the next three years. Colombia has also cut import duties for hybrids and compressed natural gas (CNG) vehicles to five percent from 15 percent. Read BYD's press release below.
BYD already delivered 45 e6 Cross-over eTaxis
BOGOTÁ, Colombia -- Today BYD Co., Ltd., Codesa, Praco, Helm Bank, and ETC held a ceremony at Tercer Milenio Charging Station announcing and displaying all-electric e6 taxis to be put into service in the capital City of Colombia – Bogota. Dr. Gustavo Petro Urrero, Mayor of Bogota, Dr. Adriana Soto Carreño, Deputy Minister of the Department of the Environment and Sustainability, Dr. Néstor García Buitrago, District Secretary of Environment and other important guests were in attendance. The 45, e6 fleet vehicles were all part of that country's new "BIOTAXIS Project" (page 38 in the linked report – authorized by Decree 677 of 2011). "The purpose of this pilot is to replace conventional taxis with the electric taxis and show a visible benefit to investors due to the reduced operational cost of electric vehicles. Anybody who owns a combustion taxi in operation has the ability to replace it with an electric taxi now", commented by Dr. Gustavo Petro Urrero, Mayor of Bogota.
Bogota's "Decree 677 of 2011" clearly states the need for the city to develop instruments and tools to support and promote the development of electric transportation policy and has been promoted in conjunction with the Departments of the Environment and Sustainability, Commerce Ministry and the Finance Ministry. "The import duty of hybrid bus, truck and CNG vehicles will be reduced down to 5% from 15%, while the import duty of pure electric bus, truck, taxi and private cars will be entirely eliminated," explained the Minister of the Department of the Environment and Sustainability. "It's anticipated that 2,250 pure electric vehicles will benefit from this act in just 3 years." According to a report from the World Bank in 2012, the economic loss caused by air pollution in Colombia is 570 million pesos (local currency) every year, and pollution from dirty petroleum transportation may have played a role in as many as 5,000 deaths in the country. Deputy Minister of the Department of the Environment and Sustainability, Dr. Adriana Soto Carreño mentioned, "We hope other cities would also introduce pure electric and hybrid electric vehicles into public transportation, to reduce particulate matter and pollution and improve public health."
The BYD e6 is a 5-passenger, long-range, pure electric utility vehicle powered by BYD's core technology Iron-Phosphate battery. It is a crossover between a sedan and a SUV with superior interior space and additional 450L cargo space. The nominal range of e6 from a single charge is 300 km. Using BYD's internally-developed bi-directional charging and discharging technology, the e6 can be fully charged in 2 hours (0-100%). With over 800 e6 vehicles running as public eTaxis today, the e6 fleets have an accumulated range of over 100 million km (as of Aug, 1st, 2013). They are operated two shifts for nearly 24 hours with mid-day supplemental charging required. Through electrifying the city's public taxi fleet, BYD e6 is achieving reduced Green House Gas emissions and reducing public health care costs. For more information, please visit www.byd.com , www.facebook.com/bydcompany or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
About BYD BYD is ranked #1 at the top of Bloomberg's and Business Week's 2009 Tech 100 List (http://www.businesswire.com/news/home/20100520006751/en/BYD-Tops-Bloomberg-Busi nesswe ek%E2%80%99s-12th-Annual-Tech ) and is the leading manufacturer of advanced, environmentally-friendly battery technologies like the BYD's Iron Phosphate battery used in BYD electric vehicles and electric buses. BYD's solar panels and LED Lighting systems have CEC, TUV/CE and UL listings, and the company enjoys rapid growth in consumer electronics space and electrified transportation sector manufacturing under its BYD brand. BYD is the fastest-growing Chinese automotive and green energy technology enterprise. The company trades on the Hong Kong Stock Exchange (HKSE) under the ticker numbers HK.0285 – BYD Electronics and HK.1211 – BYD Company Ltd., as well as on the Shenzhen Stock Exchange under the ticker number 002594 - BYD Company Ltd. For more information, visit www.byd.com , www.facebook.com/bydcompany or email email@example.com.