Rotterdam taxi operator chooses BYD e6 for its new electric taxi fleet

December 11th, 2013 by BYD Company Ltd

A BYD e6 taxi to be operated by Rotterdam Taxi Centre in the Netherlands (click image to expand - image courtesy of BYD Company Ltd)

An electric battery powered BYD e6 taxi to be operated by RTC in Rotterdam, The Netherlands (click image to expand – image courtesy of BYD Company Ltd)

Rotterdam Taxi Centre (RTC), one of the largest taxi operators in the Netherlands, is switching to electric taxis, and has put into service two BYD e6 models, following successful extensive operation with an e6 model.

Mr. Sjaak de Winter, RTC CEO, speaking at the ceremony inaugurating the new taxis in Rotterdam, said that RTC plans to expand its fleet of emissions-free electric taxis to 25 within the next 18 months.

The City of Rotterdam will install the 500th charging point in mid-December 2013 supplied with ‘green’ electricity from renewable sources.

The successful trials of the BYD e6 taxi has demonstrated that the car has sufficient range to cover a typical day’s operating cycle on a single charge and can be recharged quickly during driver breaks.

Ms. Alexandra C. van Huffelen, Rotterdam’s Vice Mayor, said “electric taxis, like the BYD e6 being put into service by the Rotterdam Taxi Company (RTC), are important for Rotterdam as they help a lot to improve the air quality.”

“They will make an important contribution to cleaner traffic in the city,” she said.

Isbrand Ho, BYD Managing Director, speaking on behalf of BYD Europe, which has its headquarters in Rotterdam, said “we are delighted that our e6 has been chosen to provide pure electric, emissions-free transport for taxi passengers in Rotterdam.”

“The trials which have been undertaken indicate that the e6 will perform well in daily service.”

“The e6 has already carried passengers more than 100 million kilometres in Shenzhen and Hong Kong,” he said.

The BYD e6 is a spacious, five-passenger, crossover vehicle powered by the BYD Fe battery (lithium-iron phosphate).

The fire-safe battery has a more than 4,000-rated cycle life, with the highest safety level in the industry, and is completely recyclable at the end-of-life.

It takes only two hours to fully charge the e6 using AC fast charging solution developed by BYD.

This pure EV can travel up to 300 km (190 miles) on a single charge, provides the driver and passengers with a comfortable ride, and produces no air pollution.

 

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