A year after Hong Kong introduced the e6 electric taxis made by China’s BYD Co. Ltd., the green vehicles have yet to perform as advertised, Apple Daily reported Monday, citing an independent evaluation.
With air-conditioning on, the e6 runs 215 kilometers on a full charge against 250 kilometers claimed by BYD president Wang Chuanfu.
That translates to 33 Hong Kong cents (4 US cents) of electricity per kilometer, 27 percent more expensive than previously claimed, according to Hong Kong Polytechnic University, which conducted tests on the vehicle.
The e6 taxi takes longer to complete maintenance checks, costing drivers six days’ income compared with three days for a traditional taxi.
Wong Cheung-keung, president of the Hong Kong Taxi and Public Light Bus Association, said the e6 does not meet expectations.
On hilly terrain and climbs, it runs out of power after 180 kilometers. A Hong Kong taxi normally covers 300 kilometers a day, Wong said.
Also, taxi drivers are not willing to have their working hours cut waiting in line at charging stations. The association has no plan to rent or buy more than the 45 it acquired from BYD in May last year, he said.
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