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BYD’s electric taxi going to London

Published on October 26, 2012 by W.E. Ning

BYD e6 taxi's in Shenzhen, China

Chinese automaker BYD Auto Co Ltd, which is backed by US business magnate Warren Buffett, will supply 50 electric cars to London taxi firm greentomatocars under an agreement signed on Wednesday. The vehicles will take to London’s roads in the second quarter of 2013.

The model being introduced to the British capital is BYD’s e6, which has been available in the Chinese market since October 2011, and is China’s first all-electric model for public use.

Powered by recyclable and environmentally friendly batteries produced by BYD, the e6 can travel 300 kilometers on a single charge in urban conditions.

BYD’s website said the cost of driving a conventional vehicle would be three times higher than driving an e6, as it only uses 19.5 kWh of electricity per 100 km.

Via: ChinaDaily.

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  1. Bren- October 28, 2012 Reply

    This is the same BYD co. that failed Euro-NCAP crash tests and whose electric taxi killed the occupants in a crash ?
    MAYBE London taxis are exempt from safety regulations ?

  2. acs- October 28, 2012 Reply

    @Bren,

    You might want to recheck your sources…

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