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PHOTO CAPTION: 50 BYD e6 electric taxis ply the streets of Shenzhen, home of the Berkshire Hathaway-backed carmaker.

Chinese E-Taxi Riders Happy, Operators Wary

Fang Yan and Don Durfee look at the current status of e-taxis in China with focus on BYD's e6 electric taxi program in Shenzhen.

Published: 30-Jun-2011

By Fang Yan and Don Durfee

A pioneering electric taxi project in China's southern economic powerhouse of Shenzhen seems a success by most accounts. Riders are enthusiastic, there have been no accidents and drivers are termed "gracious," not a term usually applied to mainland drivers.

The pilot project, which could be replicated in other cities, underpins China's ambitious plans to put at least half a million electric vehicles (EV) and plug-in hybrids on the road by 2015.

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