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.


Better Place electric-powered taxi in Tokyo

Survey of passengers in first three months finds 97 percent rate the experience positive.

Consortium-developed fuel cell-hybrid Black Taxi.

Cab is capable of reaching 80 mph, refuels in less than five minutes, has a range of over 250 miles.

Better Place electric taxi operating in Tokyo's Ginza district.

San Francisco program will emulate successful trials in Tokyo which has successfully demonstrated 25,000 miles of operation using battery switching to extend range.


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