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5BYD gets order for 3,000 all-electric taxis, buses from Hangzhou, China

Who needs Long Beach when you have Hangzhou? BYD could happily be asking itself that question after the China city agreed to purchase 2,000 battery-electric buses and 1,000 electric e6 taxis from the China-based vehicle maker. BYD calls the purchase "record-setting" and says it will deliver half of the order of both the buses and the taxis by the end of the year. Hangzhou is located about 110 miles southwest of Shanghai and is home to about 2.5 million people. It's the largest city in Zhejiang P

15Nissan starts building e-NV200 in Spain [w/video]

It doesn't look all that much like a Nissan Leaf, but the new e-NV200 that started production in Barcelona, Spain today shares its powertrain and lithium-ion battery with the world's most popular electric vehicle. The production version of the electric cargo van was unveiled late last year and today's manufacturing start is right on time with the company's previously announced timeline. The first exports will take place in June.

25Eva electric taxi concept geared for tropical cities, cools your head

What's the secret to long-range urban electric driving in the tropics? Individualized overhead air-conditioning units, apparently. Tum Create, a collaboration between two engineering schools, Technische Universität München (TUM) in Germany and Nanyang Technological University (NTU) in Singapore, is currently showing off its Eva taxi at the Tokyo Motor Show.

51Nissan Leaf all-electric taxis start pilot program in NYC [w/video]

When New York City picked the Nissan NV200 as its Taxi of Tomorrow, many were surprised that the vehicle wasn't electric, or even a hybrid for that matter. With NYC Mayor Michael Bloomberg on hand, Nissan celebrated Earth Day on Monday by unveiling a pilot program of electric taxis for the city consisting of six 2013 Nissan Leaf EVs, which the mayor referred to as the "taxi of the day after tomorrow."

15NYC launches electric taxi 'fleet' with six Nissan Leaf EVs

New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg drove up to the news conference in Rockefeller Center that introduced the first-ever all-electric NYC taxi in the back seat of - you guessed it – an EV taxi. Nissan and NYC chose Earth Day, today, to launch a zero-emission taxi fleet.

3BYD offers "free" emission-free driving to taxi, bus operators in China

Faced with a history of slow plug-in vehicle sales in China, BYD has a new plan to move electric metal: free emission-free cars. Sort of.

13BYD will bring 50 electric e6 to London taxi company greentomatocars

Chinese automaker BYD has reached an agreement to provide London with its first fleet of all-electric cabs.

AddNissan Leaf to begin New York City taxi pilot progam

New York City streets are about to get a bit more... electric. Nissan and the New York City Taxi & Limousine Commission plan to put six Leaf EVs in the hands of owner-operators for one year (a lease, free of charge) as part of a pilot program.

AddZotye electric taxi fire caused by shoddy Chinese-built battery pack

Back in early May, the second plug-in vehicle related fire in 2011 came to our attention. Sometime in mid-April, an electric Zotye Multipla taxi burst into flames in Hangzhou, China. Firefighters supposedly arrived on the scene within minutes, but couldn't control the blaze and the vehicle transformed into a "fireball." Luckily, the driver and two passengers escaped sans injury.

AddVideo: Ride along in BYD's E6 electric taxi

BYD E6 – Click above to watch video after the jump

AddZap merges with China's Jonway Automobile

We'll level with you on this one. We all know that Zap has seemingly had some, ahem... interesting business practices in the past. And we're not really sure what to make of this latest news, either. With that in mind, here's the main point: Zap has merged (or bought, depending on your viewpoint) with China's Jonway Automobile. There are three more bullet points to consider...

AddVideo: Ride along as a real-world battery swap takes place in less than two minutes

Better Place and Nihon Kotsu electric taxi project – Click above to watch video after the jump

AddBYD E6 electric taxi fleet takes to the roads in China

BYD E6 – Click above for high-res image gallery

AddBetter Place's battery-swapping electric taxi test takes off in Tokyo

Better Place and Nihon Kotsu electric taxi project – Click above for high-res image gallery

12Volkswagen unveils electric Milano Taxi concept in Hanover

Volkswagen Milano Taxi concept – Click above for high-res image gallery

AddVolkswagen unveils electric Milano Taxi concept

Volkswagen Milano Taxi concept – Click above for high-res image gallery

AddeVito taxi ready for trials, could be in service during 2012 London Olympics

The prototype electric version of the Mercedes Vito Taxi that was unveiled in early February is now ready for on-road tests. The companies behind the plug-in taxi – Zytek, Valence Technology, Penso and Mercedes-Benz UK – put the van together in six months (starting with the Benz donor vehicle) and have created a vehicle that can go around 120 kilometers (75 miles) on a six-hour charge with seating for six. Those are decent numbers for a personal electric vehicle (EV), but not ideal f

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