BYD signs MOU to discuss EV JV in Singapore; distributing eBUSes and e6 taxis
04 June 2011
SMRT Corporation Ltd. and its wholly owned subsidiary SMRT International Pte Ltd, a multi-modal transport service provider in Singapore, have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with BYD Company Limited to enter into discussions regarding the possibility of establishing a joint venture to distribute BYD’s eBUSes and e6 Taxis in Singapore.
SMRT became the first public transport provider in Singapore and South East Asia to purchase Euro V compliant buses in May 2008 and now has more than 140 Euro V buses on the roads. SMRT Corporation Ltd’s Executive Vice President, Commercial Business & Roads, Teo Chew Hoon said that the company is exploring the use of electric vehicles in its bus and taxi fleets.
The BYD eBUS-12 and the e6 taxis both can travel up to 300 km (186 miles) with a single electric charge. The BYD e6 has been used as taxis in Shenzhen, China for more than a year; the fleet of 50 e6 Shenzhen taxis, in service since May 2010, have now surpassed 3 million kilometers (1.86 million miles) in cumulative fleet miles.
Singapore is one of the best nearby all around city/country to introduce e-taxis and city e-buses. Singaporians would adapt quickly.
Almost 100 of existing ICE cars and light delivery vehicles could be replaced with electrified units. Being a sunny place, many people could produce enough solar e-power for their e-vehicle.
Posted by: HarveyD | 04 June 2011 at 02:32 PM
Their city e-bus is equipped with 16 roof mounted large solar panels to extend range to about 300 Km and keep the A/C and Ventilation going in traffic jams without training the main batteries.
Posted by: HarveyD | 07 June 2011 at 09:36 AM