After being selected through a public bidding process, BYD has delivered 500 battery-electric, e6 police vehicles to the Shenzhen Municipal Public Security Bureau this week. The BYD e6 reaches speeds of over 140 km/h (~87 mph) with a range of 300 km (187 miles), making it suited for the demands of police utility vehicles.
In addition to police vehicles, BYD has deployed more than 300 all-electric, e6 taxis which have been in service in Shenzhen for the last several years, with an accumulated mileage of more than 38.5 million kilometers (or 24 million miles as of 30 December 2012). Individual BYD e6 mileages have reached 250,000 km (or 156,000 miles), equivalent to more than ten years’ service life in a standard consumer car.
The city of Shenzhen also operates 200 BYD pure-electric 12m (40-foot) rapid transit buses which have an accumulated mileage of more than 12.8 million kilometers (or 7.9 million miles). Shenzhen city is currently planning to add 500 additional BYD e6 pure-electric taxis and more than 500 additional BYD electric buses to the public transport system.
Expanding into European markets, BYD and greentomatocars (London’s second largest minicab service) signed a deal in October 2012 to create London’s first all-electric minicab fleet. BYD expects to deliver 50 e6 taxis starting the second quarter of 2013. BYD has also launched a “Zero Down Payment, Zero Effective Costs, Zero Emissions” leasing program in China to alleviate the financial pressures associated with procuring electric vehicles for taxi and public transport companies.
BYD also says it will be launching a new dual mode electric car named “Qin”.