Hong Kong Kickstarts Zero Emission Initiative with EV Taxis

May 23, 2013 / No Comments

The need for eco-friendly vehicles is a talking point across the globe. Hong Kong is now all set to be a model for other countries by laying a strong foundation for an emission-free city. The nation will kick start the effort with a brand new fleet of 45 bright red electric taxis.

Electric taxis in Hong Kong Hong Kong Kickstarts Zero Emission Initiative with EV Taxis

These Chinese manufactured BYD e6 crossover sedan cars, partially supported by Warren Buffet, feature an iron phosphate battery that charges in two hours and returns a modest 180 mile range.

The Hong Kong Taxi and Public Light Bus Association aims at offering the fleet for hire over a six-month trial period. This should help the taxi drivers earn more and also make the local government officials go for such a move so as to bring a green effect.

Automaker BYD was welcomed to Hong Kong by John Tsang Chun-wah, the GBM, JP, Financial Secretary of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Regional Government, and voiced the need for a greener environment and a zero emission city. This also intends to bring in green transportation for the benefit of all the people.

Further to that, BYD is installing 47 chargers at nine different locations throughout Hong Kong. The move might also boost deployment of electric cars across China, Hong Kong Island, Kowloon, New Territories and Lantau island.

The selection of locations much suits taxi drivers who shift-change locations. More over, they can charge their vehicle during their lunch hours too.