BYD the Chinese automaker have announced that they are trialling the company’s all-electric e6 sedan as a taxi in Bogota, Colombia.
Bogota’s Technology, Science and Innovation Administration will be getting several vehicles to try out, in addition to the 49 e6 sedans that will be used in the taxi service.
“This project will permit us to analyze the behavior of the electric cars, with the purpose of reducing the dependence on fossil fuels,” says Marcela Bonilla, director of urban affairs for the Ministry of the Environment.
The Bogota project will serve as a model for other Colombian cities.
“BYD is very impressed with the leadership in Colombia and their vision to be a part of the new clean technology era with electrified public transportation. We hope to triple our growth and presence in Colombia by next year,” says BYD’s senior vice president, Stella Li.
BYD has set up a joint venture with Bulgarian company Bulmineral to build electric buses in Europe, called Auto Motors Group. It will manufacture all-electric buses in Breznik, Bulgaria.
“It is a very important step for BYD and will ensure we are able to move forward with our strategy to introduce our electric vehicles and more green products across Europe,” commented Isbrand Ho, managing director of BYD Europe.
Both BYD’s taxis and buses run on the company’s in-house developed iron-phosphate batteries. According to the company, the 12m long buses have a range of 250 km on a single charge.
Over the last year, the buses have amassed over 11.81 million km in Shezhen, China.