Chinese automaker BYD isn’t a car brand immediately recognizable to most in the U.S., but the company is well established in sales of electric vehicles outside of the States.
In addition to manufacturing electric transit buses, the company’s compact all-electric car, the e6, is also becoming a popular model for fleet purchases.
BYD recently announced that the Chinese city of Shenzhen placed an order for 500 of its e6 police cars. Late last year the city of Bogotá, Columbia, ordered just less than 50 of the e6 crossover sedans for use in a city taxi fleet.
In addition to the electric police cars, BYD says that the city of Shenzhen also has 300 of the e6 cars in service as taxis. That fleet of taxis has accumulated more than 18.6 million miles, with at least one e6 in the fleet registering 155,000 miles on the odometer according to BYD.
The company says in a release that the Chinese city is also planning to purchase an additional 500 e6 taxis, as well as adding 500 of BYD’s pure electric transit buses to its current 200 e-bus fleet. London-based greentomatocars and BYD signed a memorandum of understanding that BYD says will have 50 e6 taxis in operation by the second quarter of this year.
BYD says the e6 has a maximum speed of 140 kilometers per hour (87 mph), and a range of 300 kilometers (186 miles).