PHOTO CAPTION: BYD e6 electric car being used as taxis in Shenzhen, China. Photo credit: Steven Curtin, Canwest News Service..

Chinese Taxi Drivers Begin BYD e6 Electric Car Operations

Initial 30 electric taxis expected to eventually increase to 1,500.

Published: 14-Jun-2010

SHENZHEN, China -- In a bid to get a fully electric car on the road with appeal beyond the "green market," China’s BYD, Build Your Dreams, has taken one big step ahead of most of its competitors.

In May, the small automotive company, which U.S. financial wizard Warren Buffett put on the map when he bought a 10 per cent stake, watched the first 30 of its e6 purely electric models roll onto the streets of Shenzhen and begin cruising the city as taxis. By the end of June, BYD expects to have 100 e6 taxis on the road and, although the company won’t confirm it yet, some sources say 560 by the end of the year. The ultimate goal is 1,500, about 10 per cent of all Shenzhen cabs.

There are not enough e6s now to claim they are an instant hit in this industrial boomtown neighbouring Hong Kong, but they are attracting attention.


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