Maintenance costs are 25 percent lower than in a regular diesel bus and energy costs are one-third • Dan bus company to replace a quarter of its fleet with electric buses over next five years at a cost of NIS 400 million ($112.6 million).
The Dan bus company rolled out its first electric bus on Tuesday as part of its campaign to replace some of its current diesel-powered fleet with fuel-efficient and environmentally friendly buses.
“Today marks the beginning of a new era in public transportation,” Dan Chairman Michael Nagar and CEO Shmuel Rafaeli said in a joint statement at the inauguration ceremony in Tel Aviv on Monday. Transportation Minister Yisrael Katz took part in unveiling the orange electric bus.
The Dan company said that in the coming five years, a quarter of its fleet will be replaced with electric buses, at an estimated cost of 400 million shekels ($112.6 million).
“We promote the use of green public transportation in Israel, in line with the goals set by Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. I am sure that not only passengers will enjoy the new bus line, but those on the road, who have to deal with substantial pollution, will also feel the difference,” Katz said.
The new bus, built by Chinese electric vehicle maker BYD and imported by Clal Motors, has maintenance costs that are 25 percent lower than its diesel counterpart, and energy costs that are one-third those of a regular bus.
More than 50 BYD e6 pure electric cars have arrived in the UK and will be going on trial with a number of fleet operators in the coming months.
The right-hand drive e6 all-electric cars were offloaded at Southampton docks and are in the process of being registered.
BYD is the fastest-growing Chinese car manufacturer and its e6 pure electric car has the longest range of any new electric car in the UK at 186 miles (300km).
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Chinese electric carmaker BYD has won a contract to supply 500 E6 pure electric police cars to the city of Shenzen, China. For BYD, the deal signifies that th
BYD electric cars coming to London
November 8th, 2012 § Comments Off on BYD electric cars coming to London § permalink
As London continues in its ambitious efforts to make every minicab and taxi in the city a zero emission model by 2020, one of the leading electric car makers in China will be introducing its vehicles into the capital.
That’s because BYD Auto has signed a memorandum of understanding with Green Tomato Cars to bring 50 of its BYD e6 vehicles (pictured) to London as part of a minicab trial.
Currently, Green Tomato Cars is the second largest quality minicab service in the city and has a fleet of around 300 vehicles: now 50 of the electric BYD e6 models will be available to its consumers from the second quarter of 2013.
If you’re not familiar with the BYD e6, it is a five-seat crossover vehicle that includes a 75kW motor and lithium-ion iron phosphate batteries. It has a reported range of 186miles on a single charge in urban conditions; as well as a top speed of 87mph. It is believed the batteries can be charged and discharged for more than 4,000 cycles.
The move to bring the BYD e6 to London was supported by London & Partners, the Mayor’s official promotional organisation for London.
According to Mayor London Boris Johnson, the introduction of the vehicles could have a major impact on air quality in the city.
“Every year the fleet is getting cleaner, making our city an even more attractive place to live, work and visit,” he said.
“Encouraging many more electric vehicles is a key part of this transformation, so it is great news that Green Tomato Cars has committed to operating 50 of these super clean machines from next year.”
November 8th, 2012 § Comments Off on Chinese e-cars to turn London cabs green: Boris-backed deal will see 50 electric minicabs hit the capital’s streets § permalink
Chinese car manufacturer BYD will help to make the streets of London just a little bit greener after signing a deal with the capital’s second largest minicab service to supply the city’s first fleet of electric taxis.
Greentomatocars, which describe itself as “London’s second largest quality minicab service”, signed a Memorandum of Understanding with Shenzhen-based BYD to take 50 of its e6 electric models on a trial basis from Q2 2013.
The zero emission (from the car) e6 features a 75kW motor and BYD’s proprietary Iron Phosphate (Fe) battery, which apparently get the car 186 miles on a single charge, assuming ‘urban’ conditions, and a none-too-shabby top speed of 87mph.
The Fe battery can be fully charged and discharged for 4,000 cycles, the firm said.
Unsurprisingly, London Mayor and cyclist Boris Johnson has jumped on the news, releasing the following canned statement:
It is my aim that London##Q##s minicabs and taxis will be zero-emission by 2020, which will have a major impact on air quality. Every year the fleet is getting cleaner, making our city an even more attractive place to live, work and visit. 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.
Although showcased at the Shenzhen Hi-Tech Fair in 2009, BYD’s flagship electric car didn’t go on sale to the public in its home town until 2011.
Earlier this year a fatal collision involving an e6 electric taxi and a sports car saw all three occupants of the BYD car killed after it hit a tree and burst into flames, according to Green Car Congress.
However, investigators found no flaws in the safety design of the vehicle, which was ploughed into by a Nissan GT-R sports car going 150 miles per hour.