Rotterdam Taxi Centre (RTC), one of the biggest taxi operators in the Netherlands, is switching to electric taxis and has put into service two BYD e6 models, following successful extensive operation with an e6 model. RTC plans to extend its fleet of emissions free pure electric taxis to 25 within the next 18 months, according to CEO Sjaak de Winter.
The City will install the 500th charging point next week, supplied with ‘green’ electricity from renewable sources. The successful trials of the BYD e6 taxi has demonstrated that the car has sufficient range to cover a typical day’s operating cycle on a single charge and can be recharged quickly during breaks when required.
The BYD e6 is a five-passenger, crossover vehicle powered by the BYD Fe battery (lithium-iron phosphate). The battery has a more than 4,000 rated cycle life with the highest safety level in the industry. It takes only two hours to fully charge the e6 using an AC fast charging solution developed by BYD. This pure EV can then travel for up to 300 km (190 miles).
|e6 electric taxi. Click to enlarge.|