Chinese carmaker BYD Auto plans to deliver at least 560 E6 electric cars to taxi-fleet operator in the Chinese city of Shenzhen this year.
The company, backed by Warren Buffett, will deliver 100 of the E6 electric cars by the end of June and the rest in the second half of the year, Xinhua reported.
There are currently 40 E6 taxis in use in Shenzhen, where BYD is based, he said.
The electric taxis are being operated by Pengcheng Electric Taxi Co., Ltd, a joint venture of BYD and Shenzhen Bus Group.
The five-passenger E6 can travel 200 miles (322 kilometers) on one charge, BYD said in January. The model will cost about $40,000 in the U.S.
The company expects to start selling E6 electric cars to the United States through its headquarters in Los Angeles later this year.