A taxi driver takes a nap in his Volkswagen Jetta taxi on a quiet lane in Beijing around lunchtime, seen not far from the CarNewsChina.com office towers in the capital. The driver’s yellow shirt hangs neatly on the a hook inside the vehicle. Taxi drivers in Beijing are required to wear a yellow shirt since the 2008 Olympic Games. Failing to wear their yellow shirt can result in heavy fines, but the rules don’t say anything about napping time.
Beijing plans to increase the number of taxis that run on natural gas from the current 99 to 2,000 by the end of July in a trial project to promote the use of clean energy in public transportation.
Beijing now has 2,000 vehicles powered by natural gas, and that number is expected to be 10,000 by 2013, which will include 2,000 taxis, 3,143 city buses, and vehicles for some driving schools, the Beijing Environmental Protection Bureau said.
A Nissan NV200 MPV in taxi colors, seen parked on a street in central Beijing. Nissan has scored great victories with the NV200; New York and London have selected the vehicle to become their new standard-taxi. The photos indicate Nissan has plans to try something similar in 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.
BYD is getting ready for the delivery of 25 BYD E6 electric taxi’s for a pilot project in Hong Kong. Delivery was delayed in the aftermath of a dramatic accident with an e6 taxi in China, but all lights are on green yet again.
Authorities in the great city of Hefei in Anhui Province ordered the destruction of 156 illegal taxi’s, the order was carried outwith great vigor by police, city workers, and… legal taxi drivers who were likely the most happy men in the world when they hit those criminal cabs with sledge hammers and what not they could find. Read more »
Geely is the biggest shareholder in Magna Holdings, the maker of the iconic TX4 London Taxi. Geely also makes the TX4 in China where it is sold as Englon TX4, Englon means ‘England-London’. The TX4 sells mostly to taxi companies but private buyers can get it too. Price starts at 208.000 yuan but this white example on pic costs 288.000 yuan. Why so much? Well, you are not going to believe this…
Yet another electric taxi project in China. This is the Yema F16 EV taxi. One hundred very green Yema F16’s will be put to work in the Longquanyi District in the great city of Chengdu in Sichuan Province. Chengdu is also Yema’s hometown.
The “leap year bug” crashed the fare meters of 1500 cabs in the great city of Guangzhou in Guangdong province. The chips in the meters didn’t include February 29, a date that comes around only every four years. On pic affected cabs waiting to get their meters repaired at specially designated service stations on February 29 in Guangzhou. Via: ChinaDaily.