BYD and greentomatocars have signed a memorandum of understanding to create London’s first fleet of all-electric minicabs.
Per the terms of the agreement, BYD will supply greentomatocars with 50 of its all-electric e6 models for trial use in the UK Capital.
“It is my aim that London’s minicabs and taxis will be zero-emission by 2020, which will have a major impact on air quality” said the Mayor of London, Boris Johnson. “Every year the 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.”
greentomatocars is London’s second-largest minicab service and says it strives to use the most environmentally-friendly vehicles available in its fleet of 300. It is expected that the 50 electric BYD e6 will be available for its customers to use starting in the second quarter of 2013.
“We are very pleased to be working with BYD on this project said Jonny Goldstone, managing director of greentomatocars. “As a partner company, BYD has shown great leadership to challenge the status quo, innovate and electrify mass transport – principles which go to the very heart of greentomatocars. As a car, we see strong parallels between the e6 of today and the then-unfashionable Toyota Prius of 2006. It’s exciting to think that, even as a 5-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.”
BYD has also been supported in this deal by London & Partners, the Mayor’s official promotional organization for London.
The five-seat e6 is a crossover vehicle with a spacious interior that lends itself well to taxi use, with substantial legroom and headroom for passengers, as well as ample luggage capacity. It is a zero-direct-emission electric vehicle, which means that it emits no harmful toxic emissions, criteria pollutants or harmful greenhouse gases. BYD e6 taxis are well-proven and have already driven a total of more than 14 million miles in global markets.
The e6 features a 75-kw motor and BYD’s own Fe battery (Iron Phosphate battery), which gives the car a range of up to 186 miles on a single charge in urban conditions with a top speed of 87 mph and instant torque providing excellent acceleration. The Fe battery can be fully charged and discharged for more than 4,000 cycles.