BYD is also jumping on the London EV taxi bandwagon with its BYD e6 EV.

the Chinese-controlled company said it is bringing its range of pure electric private hire vehicles to Europe and has teamed up with London-based Thriev to provide 20 BYD e6 cars to the company’s emission-free London chauffeur-driven fleet within the next few weeks.

Last month, the mayor of London announced that starting Jan. 1, 2018, all new taxis would have to be zero-emission capable in order to gain an operating license.

Thriev offers low-cost, zero-emission, chauffeured cars to corporate and private users in London.

The company said it is rolling out an electric car program complete with its own rapid chargers, cars and state-of-the-art car/charger scheduling systems. Part of the deal with BYD is that Thriev will equip its facility at Edgware Road, west London, with BYD’s purpose-designed charging equipment, which allows fast charging of the e6 in two hours.

BYD explained initially, the e6 fleet is being supplied on a lease arrangement, although both BYD and Thriev expect this to be the beginning of a long-term relationship that will go some way to fulfilling a joint BYD and Thriev vision of a ‘green city solution’.

The e6 car uses BYD lithium iron Fe batteries, which BYD said have been proven in millions of miles of taxi and bus passenger-carrying service in China as well as many parts of the world.