Under a newly signed a Memorandum of Understanding, BYD will supply greentomatocars with 50 of its battery-electric e6 models for trial use as minicabs in London.
greentomatocars is London’s second largest quality minicab service, with a fleet of 300. The company expects that the 50 electric BYD e6 will be available for its customers to use from the second quarter of 2013.
It is my aim that London’s minicabs and taxis will be zero-emission by 2020, which will have a major impact on air quality. Every year the fleet is getting cleaner, making our city an even more attractive place to live, work and visit. Encouraging many more electric vehicles is a key part of this transformation, so it is great news that greentomatocars has committed to operating 50 of these super clean machines from next year.—Mayor of London, Boris Johnson
BYD has been supported in this deal by London & Partners, the Mayor’s official promotional organisation for London.
The five-seat e6 is a crossover vehicle featuring a 75kW motor and BYD’s own Li-ion iron phosphate batteries, which gives the car a range of up to 186 miles (299 km) on a single charge in urban conditions with a top speed of 87 mph (140 km/h). The batteries can be fully charged and discharged for more than 4,000 cycles, according to BYD.