Published on October 28th, 2012 | by Nicholas Brown0
Greentomatocars to Bring Electric Taxi Fleet to London
October 28th, 2012 by Nicholas Brown
The company Greentomatocars signed a memorandum of understanding to supply 50 electric taxi vehicles from the manufacturer BYD to London.
According to the mayor of London, Boris Johnson: “Every year [London’s] 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.”
The 5 seat BYD e6 vehicles will be used as taxi cabs. They are equipped with 75 kW (100 HP) motors that facilitate a top speed of 87 mph.
The driving range is 186 miles per charge. Remember that the way you drive and the routes you take significantly affect range. The best thing to do is abide by local speed limits.
Routes with more traffic can shorten your range, and driving at higher speeds reduces range due to the fact that efficiency is reduced.
Charge time ranges from 40 minutes to 20 hours depending on the type of charger used. The ability to charge in 40 minutes is actually very important, because range anxiety is largely amplified by the inability to sit in a pubic place for hours while the car charges. I commend BYD for providing this quick-charging option.
According to Johnny Goldstone, who is the managing director of Greentomatocars: “As a car, we see strong parallels between the e6 of today and the then-unfashionable Toyota Prius of 2006,” he said. “It’s exciting to think that, even as a five-car start-up, we played a major role in making the Prius popular; given the scale, experience and high-tech infrastructure we now have at our disposal, we’d love to ‘do a Prius’ with the e6, and help propel electric vehicles into the automotive mainstream – where they deserve and, for all our sakes, need to be.”
Photo Credit: BYD Website
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