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Hong Kong launches its first electric taxi fleet

Hong Kong launches its first electric taxi fleet
Hong Kong’s first pure electric taxi fleet (Photo: Business Wire)

The first all-electric taxi fleet in Hong Kong has been officially launched following a ceremony held at the Hong Kong Science Park on May 16.

China’s BYD Company Limited is helping Hong Kong to electrify its public transport system, announcing in March that the company would be providing the city with its BYD e6 electric cross-over sedans to be used as taxis (see related story).

BYD closely collaborated with Sime Darby Motors Group, Hong Kong Taxi & Public Light Bus Association Limited, The Link Management Limited, CLP Power Hong Kong Limited and The Hong Kong Electric Company Limited to place into service this first batch of electric taxies.

BYD provided 45 of its e6 taxi versions for this project. It has also announced that the e6 taxi version and the e6 Premier sedan are now officially on sale in Hong Kong.

The e6 is a five-passenger electric vehicle powered by BYD’s iron-phosphate battery technology. It only takes two hours to fully charge and has a range of up to 300 kilometers on a single charge.

BYD is also setting up 47 chargers in 9 charging locations near car parks throughout Hong Kong. It will increase the number of charging facilities as adoption of E.V.’s roll out. – EcoSeed Staff



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