17 Oct 14

BYD electric taxis for Brussels

Thirty four BYD e6 taxis for use in Brussels, have just been delivered by BYD Auto, which claims to be the fastest growing car maker in China. The company’s proposal was selected when the Brussels government asked for parties to operate fifty electric cabs. The use of these environmentally-friendly taxis is an important first step in bringing emission-free transport to Brussels’s roads, replacing petrol and diesel powered taxis with electric models.

A small number of e6 taxis have been in service with Rotterdam Taxi Company for more than one year, while a fleet of 20 has been working in London since early 2014. The latest batch of 34 BYD e6 taxis entered service in Brussels over the last few months, with the official inauguration on 15 October.

In China 850 BYD e6 taxis are in service in the city of Shenzhen, headquarters for BYD, with a further fleet of 45 operating in Hong Kong. Together these taxis have accumulated more than 200 millions of kilometres of trouble free, revenue earning passenger carrying service.

The BYD e6 is a spacious, five-passenger, crossover vehicle powered by the BYD Iron-Phosphate (or Fe) batteries. It has a very long battery life with the highest safety level in the industry. It takes only two hours to fully charge the e6 using the fast AC charging solution developed by BYD. This pure EV can then travel for an unprecedented range up to 300km, providing both the driver and passengers with an excellent driving experience and zero emissions/zero pollution.

Authored by: Tim Harrup