SHENZHEN, China--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- After being selected through a public bidding process, BYD has delivered 500 pure-electric, e6 police vehicles to the Shenzhen Municipal Public Security Bureau this week, another breakthrough in BYD’s promotion of electric vehicles into new applications. The BYD e6 reaches speeds of over 140 km/hr (~87 mph) with a range of 300 km (187 miles), making it ideally suited for the demands of police utility vehicles. The virtually silent engine of the BYD e6 is beneficial to police as they perform daily patrols and law enforcement activities in Shenzhen, and with no direct emissions, the e6 reduces total CO2 emissions, improving the city environment.
The BYD e6 police car is completely zero direct emissions and has a all-electric driving range of up to 300 km. (Photo: Business Wire)
In addition to police vehicles, BYD has deployed over 300 all-electric, e6 taxis which have been in service in Shenzhen for the last several years, with an accumulated mileage of over 38.5 million kilometers (or 24M miles as of Dec. 30th, 2012). Individual BYD e6 mileages have reached 250,000 km (or 156K miles), equivalent to over 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 over 12.8 million kilometers (or 7.9M miles). Shenzhen city is currently planning to add 500 additional BYD e6 pure-electric taxis and over 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. (see LINK: http://www.businesswire.com/news/home/20121108007021/en/Free-Phones-Free-Taxis-BYD-China-Development). BYD announced it will be launching a new dual mode electric car with the revolutionary second-generation, dual-mode technology – named “Qin,” further accelerating BYD’s growth in the private automobile market.
BYD Co., Ltd is a leading-edge provider of green energy technologies that specializes in the IT, automotive and new energy industries. Being the world’s biggest rechargeable battery manufacturer, BYD also has the largest global market share for cell-phone chargers and keypads. BYD branched out into the auto business in 2003, and has kept a robust yearly growth rate successively. In 2008, Warren Buffett invested $232 million to take a 9.89% stake in BYD. Today, BYD is the fastest-growing Chinese auto company and a global pioneer in the field of new energy vehicles including Dual Mode Electric Models and Pure Electric Models.
Based on its core Fe Battery technology, BYD has worked out a Green City Solution, which aims to electrify urban public transportation systems by transitioning from gasoline and diesel buses and taxis to pure electric ones. In March 2012, BYD and Daimler AG officially announced the entirely new EV brand Denza in China.
In addition, BYD has also focused on the research & development and manufacturing of a wide range of new energy products, including energy storage systems, solar energy products and LED lighting. For more information, please visit www.byd-auto.net, www.byd.com.cn, www.facebook.com/bydauto or email firstname.lastname@example.org.