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Published on February 27th, 2012 | by Zachary Shahan

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World’s Largest EV Bus & Taxi Fleet Gets 1,500 Vehicles Larger

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February 27th, 2012 by Zachary Shahan
 
 
Can you guess where the largest electric bus and electric taxi fleet is?

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If you guessed Kalamazoo, Michigan, I’m sorry, but you’re wrong (why you would have guessed that, I don’t know). However, if you guessed Shenzhen City, China, you were right on point (and I guess you probably knew that).

Previously, the fleet included “200 of BYD’s all-electric eBUS’s and 300 of BYD’s all-electric e6’s (a 5 passenger sedan that serves well as an eTaxi).” The expansion will add 1500 pure electric K9 buses and e6 taxis (1000 of the buses and 500 of the taxis).

“Shenzhen is the first city in China to implement a subsidy for new energy vehicles and the first city to launch consumer sales of the BYD e6,” Shenzhen Development and Reform Commission (SDRC) Director Xiangzhen Lu says.

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“SDRC cited rising oil prices and growing environmental pressures as key reasons to transform the public transportation system,” a news release on the electric vehicle fleet expansion notes.

“Shenzhen City believes electrified transportation offers the most effective way to simultaneously stimulate economic recovery while restoring the environment by lowering CO2 emissions.”

Beyond boosting this public transportation fleet, the city is looking to stimulate more private EV purchasing and use with new policies on the topic. These new policies are broad and extensive:

The SDRC announced that Shenzhen is formulating measures to impose fees on emissions from gasoline cars while rewarding alternative energy vehicle drivers based on distance traveled. Other incentive policies include allowing pure electric drivers to use the public bus lane during rush hour, insurance privileges, and free annual maintenance checks. China’s Southern Power Grid Company has agreed to install free-of-charge, two electric vehicle charging poles for each Shenzhen EV driver — one at the home or apartment of the driver and another near the EV driver’s place of business. Shenzhen City continues to offer extremely affordable peak and off-peak electricity prices for new energy vehicle users, reducing nightly charging costs to only 0.3yuan RMB per KWh (~$0.04 USD/KWh equivalent).

The short-term hope is that 3,000 more private EVs will be on Shenshen’s streets in 2012, accompanied by 6,000 more EC charging stations.

No complaints here.

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Source: Business Wire | Images: BYD

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  • MySchizoBuddy

    only if they can hire a good designer. these cars and buses look pretty ancient.

    • Bob_Wallace

      Different countries have different ideas about what looks good. A lot of the cars sold in Japan don’t appeal to me at all.

      BYD has partnered with Daimler to produce EVs for the western market. There’s a German design team working right now.

      German design and quality combined with Chinese battery technology is likely to yield some interesting results.

  • Bob_Wallace

    Kalamazoo used to be the home of Checker Cabs. For you youngsters, specially made cars for the taxi industry.

    They were taller than most other cars which made it easier to get into/out of. They had lots of space behind the driver’s seat. Some/all had fold down seats behind the driver for extra seating.

    Checkers ruled city streets.

    As the EV industry builds we could see something like then again. City taxis don’t need to be extremely aerodynamic like a car that often travels at high speed, a bit of extra height would not cut range much. Making them longer in order wouldn’t add much weight.

    Many of us have gotten used to folding ourselves up and squeezing into the back of a Camry/taxi. There could be alternatives.

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