Tel Aviv abuzz over launch of first electric bus

August 6th, 2013 § Comments Off on Tel Aviv abuzz over launch of first electric bus § permalink

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).

BYD BussesThe 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.

Chinese E6 #electric cars to be trialled in UK

June 14th, 2013 § Comments Off on Chinese E6 #electric cars to be trialled in UK § permalink

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.

BYD E6The 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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BYD adding to Shenzen’s city fleet with 500 e6 electric police cars

January 19th, 2013 § Comments Off on BYD adding to Shenzen’s city fleet with 500 e6 electric police cars § permalink

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

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<p>e “promotion of <strong class=##Q##StrictlyAutoTagBold##Q##>BYD</strong> new energy <strong class=##Q##StrictlyAutoTagBold##Q##>vehicles</strong> has reached a new height.”</p>
<p>The <strong class=##Q##StrictlyAutoTagBold##Q##>BYD</strong> e6 can reach a maximum speed of 140 kilometers per hour (about 87 miles per hour), if needed in a pursuit. The overall range on a fully charged <strong class=##Q##StrictlyAutoTagBold##Q##>BYD</strong> e6 is 300 km (about 186 miles), which satisfies the Shenzen police department##Q##s demands for <strong class=##Q##StrictlyAutoTagBold##Q##>vehicles</strong> that perform daily patrol and law enforcement. It also meets the city##Q##s goal of reducing CO2 emissions and pollution in the city, improving the city environment.</p>
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<p>Municipal and central government agency <strong class=##Q##StrictlyAutoTagBold##Q##>fleet</strong> acquisitions appear to be a big part of the Chinese government##Q##s strategy of meeting its “new energy <strong class=##Q##StrictlyAutoTagBold##Q##>vehicle</strong>” targets, and <strong class=##Q##StrictlyAutoTagBold##Q##>BYD</strong> is playing a leading role in the deployment. <strong class=##Q##StrictlyAutoTagBold##Q##>China</strong> wants to see five million plug-in <strong class=##Q##StrictlyAutoTagBold##Q##>electric</strong> <strong class=##Q##StrictlyAutoTagBold##Q##>vehicles</strong> on its roads by 2020.</p>
<p><strong class=##Q##StrictlyAutoTagBold##Q##>BYD</strong> has launched the “<strong class='StrictlyAutoTagBold'>Zero Down Payment</strong>, <strong class='StrictlyAutoTagBold'>Zero Costs</strong>, <strong class=##Q##StrictlyAutoTagBold##Q##>Zero Emissions</strong>” program in the taxi and bus markets to ease adoption of the new <strong class=##Q##StrictlyAutoTagBold##Q##>technology</strong>. In the private sector, <strong class=##Q##StrictlyAutoTagBold##Q##>BYD</strong> offers the e6 and the dual-mode F3DM <strong class=##Q##StrictlyAutoTagBold##Q##>electric</strong> car. This year, <strong class=##Q##StrictlyAutoTagBold##Q##>BYD</strong> will be launching the F3DM with a second generation dual mode <strong class=##Q##StrictlyAutoTagBold##Q##>technology</strong> – code named “Qin” – to further accelerate its presence in <strong class=##Q##StrictlyAutoTagBold##Q##>China</strong>##Q##s private automobile market.</p>
<p><strong class=##Q##StrictlyAutoTagBold##Q##>BYD</strong> is providing <strong class=##Q##StrictlyAutoTagBold##Q##>electric</strong> <strong class=##Q##StrictlyAutoTagBold##Q##>vehicles</strong> to <strong class=##Q##StrictlyAutoTagBold##Q##>fleet</strong> in other parts of the <strong class=##Q##StrictlyAutoTagBold##Q##>world</strong>. <strong class=##Q##StrictlyAutoTagBold##Q##>BYD</strong> Chairman Wang Chuanfu and Greentomatocars, <strong class=##Q##StrictlyAutoTagBold##Q##>London</strong>##Q##s second largest minicab service, signed a deal last October to create <strong class=##Q##StrictlyAutoTagBold##Q##>London</strong>##Q##s first all-<strong class=##Q##StrictlyAutoTagBold##Q##>electric</strong> minicab <strong class=##Q##StrictlyAutoTagBold##Q##>fleet</strong>. <strong class=##Q##StrictlyAutoTagBold##Q##>BYD</strong> is supplying 49 e6 taxis to the city of Bogota, Colombia. It##Q##s the first all-<strong class=##Q##StrictlyAutoTagBold##Q##>electric</strong> taxi <strong class=##Q##StrictlyAutoTagBold##Q##>fleet</strong> in <strong class=##Q##StrictlyAutoTagBold##Q##>South America</strong>.</p>
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                          <h2 class=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.BYD e6 Taxi

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.”

Chinese e-cars to turn London cabs green: Boris-backed deal will see 50 electric minicabs hit the capital’s streets

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.

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