BYD Co., Ltd., Codesa, Praco, Helm Bank, and ETC held a ceremony Monday at Tercer Milenio Charging Station announcing and displaying all-electric e6 taxis to be put into service in the capital City of Colombia – Bogota.
Dr. Gustavo Petro Urrero, Mayor of Bogota, Dr. Adriana Soto Carreño, Deputy Minister of the Department of the Environment and Sustainability, Dr. Néstor García Buitrago, District Secretary of Environment and other important guests were in attendance.
The 45, e6 fleet vehicles were all part of that country’s new “BIOTAXIS Project”.[ Also Read: New York City Gets Nissan Taxi of Tomorrow ]
“The purpose of this pilot is to replace conventional taxis with the electric taxis and show a visible benefit to investors due to the reduced operational cost of electric vehicles. Anybody who owns a combustion taxi in operation has the ability to replace it with an electric taxi now”, commented Dr. Gustavo Petro Urrero, Mayor of Bogota.
The BYD e6 is a 5-passenger, long-range, pure electric utility vehicle powered by BYD’s core technology Iron-Phosphate battery. It is a crossover between a sedan and a SUV with superior interior space and additional 450L cargo space.[ Also Read: Airbus Reveals the Future of Flight in Smarter Skies ]
The nominal range of e6 from a single charge is 300 km. Using BYD’s internally developed bi-directional charging and discharging technology, the e6 can be fully charged in 2 hours (0-100%).
With over 800 e6 vehicles running as public eTaxis today, the e6 fleets have an accumulated range of over 100 million km (as of Aug, 1st, 2013).
They are operated two shifts for nearly 24 hours with mid-day supplemental charging required. Through electrifying the city’s public taxi fleet, BYD e6 is achieving reduced Green House Gas emissions and reducing public health care costs.
BYD is a leading manufacturer of environmentally friendly battery technologies like the BYD’s Iron Phosphate battery used in BYD electric vehicles and electric buses.