Green Tomato Cars, BYD scrap electric taxi deal for London
In October 2012, Green Tomato and BYD reached an agreement in which 50 of the all-electric BYD e6 vehicles would be deployed by Green Tomato, whose current fleet of about 500 cars is mostly Toyota Prius hybrids.
The good news, at least for plug-in vehicle advocates in London, is that approximately 20 of the e6 EVs that have already been delivered to London will be taken on by a company called Thriev. The cars are said to have a single-charge range of 186 miles.
London government leadership, and specifically Mayor Boris Johnson, is pushing hard for more plug-in cabs as a way to reduce both fuel consumption and air pollution. The extended-range plug-in Metrocab, which is made by UK-based Frazer-Nash, is slated to debut in the city later this year. Those six-seat vehicles are said to have fuel economy of 75 miles per gallon equivalent. And by next year, Nissan is expected to deploy some of its all-electric NV200 vehicles to London for cab use.
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