BYD Co. Ltd. (01211.HK), a Shenzhen-based green car and battery maker, has seen two of its e6 pure electric taxis put into service in the Netherlands by Rotterdam Taxi Center (RTC), a major taxi operator there, according to an emailed press release Wednesday.
RTC plans to extend its fleet of emission free taxis to 25 within the next 18 months, the Dutch firm’s chief executive Sjaak de Winter was quoted as saying during a launch ceremony for the new taxis in Rotterdam last week.
Rotterdam’s Vice Mayor Alexandra van Huffelen said electric taxis like the ones from BYD being put into service by RTC are important for the city to improve its air quality. The city will install the 500th charging point next week supplied with green electricity from renewable sources.
The e6 vehicles will perform well in daily operations in Rotterdam, BYD managing director Isbrand Ho said in the statement, pointing out that the model has clocked more than 100 million kilometers of passenger-carrying duties in Shenzhen and Hong Kong.
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