After being selected through a public bidding process, BYD has delivered 500 pure-electric, e6 police cars to the Shenzhen Municipal Public Security Bureau this week, another breakthrough in BYD’s promotion of electric vehicles into new applications.
The BYD e6 reaches speeds of over 140 km/hr (~87 mph) with a range of 300 km (187 miles), making it ideally suited for the demands of police utility vehicles. The virtually silent engine of the BYD e6 is beneficial to police as they perform daily patrols and law enforcement activities in Shenzhen, and with no direct emissions, the e6 reduces total CO2 emissions, improving the city environment.
In addition to police vehicles, BYD has deployed over 300 all-electric, e6 taxis which have been in service in Shenzhen for the last several years, with an accumulated mileage of over 38.5 million kilometers (or 24M miles as of Dec. 30th, 2012). Individual BYD e6 mileages have reached 250,000 km (or 156K miles), equivalent to over ten years’ service life in a standard consumer car.
The city of Shenzhen also operates 200 BYD pure-electric 12m (40 foot) rapid transit buses which have an accumulated mileage of over 12.8 million kilometers (or 7.9M miles). Shenzhen city is currently planning to add 500 additional BYD e6 pure-electric taxis and over 500 additional BYD electric buses to the public transport system.
Expanding into European markets, BYD and greentomatocars (London’s second largest minicab service) signed a deal in October 2012 to create London’s first all-electric minicab fleet. BYD expects to deliver 50 e6 taxis starting the second quarter of 2013. BYD has also launched a ‘Zero Down Payment, Zero Effective Costs, Zero Emissions’ leasing program in China to alleviate the financial pressures associated with procuring electric vehicles for taxi and public transport companies.