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Rotterdam using BYD e6 for electric taxi fleet

14 December 2013

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).

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e6 electric taxi. Click to enlarge.

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I'm wondering if the Tesla Model X might be a suitable alternative to or replacement for the Nissan van chosen as the latest NYC taxi.  If they average 72,000 miles per year (roughly 200 miles/day) they would probably not even need to be recharged during the day.  Taxi stands equipped with Superchargers could top up the battery to the tune of about 60 miles of range in 15 minutes, which ought to deal with any shortfalls with only a short time out of service.

Yes, quick charge EVs will progressively replace current ICEVs whenever the total (2-year or 150,000+ miles) or (3-year or 225,000+ miles) cost is the same or lower.

For that to happen:

1. Price of gas or diesel fuel has to go up (double?)
2. Price of e-taxis have to come down by 30% or so
3. Quick charge (preferably wireless) stations have to be installed.
4. Improved lower cost batteries have to be mass produced.

1) already exist in most EU cities.
2), 3) and 4) may not exist before 2018-2020 or so.

The oil companies believe we will be using liquid hydrocarbon fuels until 2100 A.D. So somewhere between 2020 and 2100 you would think we would use less.

Certainly commercial airliners will use jet fuel for quite a while. 14 years after the Prius debut we do not have 1 million HEVs sold in the U.S. each year. It is anyones guess what will happen with EV sales, truly a guess.

'It is anyones guess what will happen with EV sales, truly a guess.'

Indeed.

How many of us thought that petrol in the US would be $3.50/gallon now, with all that that modest price means for take up of EV's?

Certainly not me, for one.

Cheap Oil and NG may be short lived?

Some people are saying fracked fields don't last. If that is true the fracked oil and natural gas fields in the U.S. will tap out sooner than expected.

The prediction that the U.S. would become the worlds largest oil producer by 2016 is based on fracked production out of North Dakota. We might hold that position for a year or two.

Anyone that thinks oil will last forever and you can continue to spend $300 billion per year to import gobs of it does not get it. We need a game plan, for forty years we have had none. I personally don't think we have another forty years to delay.

Fracked oil will last for decades-fields in Texas and California, and other sites are plentiful. A well, though, peaks within a year or two and new ones must be built to maintain volume.
Whatever, we would be better to leave it in the ground.

Even a short term drop in the price of oil, is that is what this proves to be, makes predictions of EV take up hazardous.
It certainly caught Nissan and Ghosn with their pants down.

Oil & Gas and ICEVs producers will do their best to promote the increased use of fossil fuels in order rake in more huge profits, but it is not sustainable and it will probably come to an end by the end of the century.

How deep can they go to get more Oil and NG and at what cost? The last drops will be costly.

Secondly, how much more Oil and NG burning can the environment and humans sustain?

The switch to electrified vehicles is inevitable, specially by 2020 when improved lower cost batteries and affordable FCEVs will be available. Meanwhile, improved PHEVs with smaller more efficient genset is a valuable solution to reduce fuel consumption and emissions.

Let's say by 2030 we have 5% of the cars EV, but only 20% of the electricity is renewable, that is a 1% solution. However, if we use 10% bio synthetic liquid hydrocarbon fuels, we have almost a 10% solution towards renewable and sustainable.

Converting biomass to hydrocarbons is an expensive and lossy process.  It's much simpler to convert biomass to electricity, such as by pyrolysis to charcoal (for storage or sequestration) and burning the off-gas in a generator.  This would not displace petroleum directly, but as a dispatchable generator it could displace fossil fuels.

@Harvey,
High-daily-mileage vehicle should be BEV's with 4,000 to 5,000 charging-cycle batteries in order to save on fuel cost and to max out the cycle life of the battery packs.

The Made-in-China BYD BEV taxi should already be cost-competitive with an ICEV made-else-where in term of acquisition cost. THe savings in energy cost and maintenance cost will be pure profit!!!

Yes, BEVs will no doubt be the best vehicles for taxis and will contribute (with e-buses) to air and noise pollution reduction in large cities.

Let's hope that next generation EV batteries (by 2020 or so) will make e-taxis and e-buses competitive with ICE units, over their normal live time.

Smaller autonomous e-buses or larger 3-unit articulated 150+ passenger units could reduce public transport services cost by 50+%.

Our $122,000+/year (total cost) drivers are killing the systems.

Taxi companies will change because they save money and make more profit, not for cleaner air in the cities nor fewer oil wars in the middle east.

All politics is local and so is economics. We can go around saying what people should do or could do, but what they actually do is in their best interests.

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