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BYD, Greentomatocars deploy EV minicabs in London

BYD, Greentomatocars deploy EV minicabs in London
The electric “e6” taxi in London.

Chinese car manufacturer BYD and British minicab service provider Greentomatocars are teaming up to bring all-electric minicabs to the streets of London.

The all-electric minicab fleet will be the first of its kind in the British capital. BYD will supply Greentomatocars with an initial 50 units of its pure electric E6 for trial use.

The E6 is a five-seater crossover vehicle that BYD designed with the private hire market in mind. BYD estimates that available units have already driven a total of more than 14 million miles in key global markets.

The E6 has a 75-kilowatt motor and a top speed of 87 miles per hour. It has a range of up to 186 miles on a single charge in urban conditions. The e6 uses an iron phosphate battery developed by BYD, that can be charged and discharged for around 4,000 cycles.

Launched in 2006 Greentomatocars made a name for itself as a green minicab service, featuring the hybrid Toyota Prius as an important part of its fleet as well as vehicles powered by biodiesel from waste vegetable oil.

“We see strong parallels between the E6 of today and the then-unfashionable Toyota Prius of 2006. It’s exciting to think that, even as a five-car start up, we played a major role in making the Prius popular,” said Jonny Goldstone, managing director of Greentomatocars.

“We’d love to ‘do a Prius’ with the E6 and help propel electric vehicles into the automotive mainstream,” he added.

Greentomatocars expects that the electric E6 will be available for customer use from the second quarter of 2013. Its efforts to green its fleet are in line with London mayor Boris Johnson’s plans to improve the city’s air quality.

“It is my aim that London minicabs and taxis will be zero-emissions by 2020, which will have a major impact on air quality,” said Mr. Johnson.

“Encouraging many more electric vehicles is a key part of this transformation, so it is great news that Greentomatocars has committed to operating 50 of these super clean machines from next year,” he added. – EcoSeed Staff



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