BYD to launch electric fleet of 100 taxis in Singapore

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HDT Singapore Taxi is launching a fleet of fully-electric taxis in Singapore during the first quarter of 2017, in Southeast Asia's first fully-electric taxi operation.

The fleet is made up of 100 e6 electric crossover sedans supplied by BYD, the world's largest manufacturer of rechargeable batteries and electric vehicles (EVs), as part of their strategy to introduce e-taxis in Singapore.

HDT will begin its taxi service operation in the first week of September, with all 100 e-taxis being progressively introduced until the first quarter of 2017. The company currently operates a private-hire service with an existing fleet of 30 BYD e6, which will continue to provide private on-call and leasing services.

Since its operation started in 2014, these 30 BYD e6 vehicles have accumulated a mileage of about three million kilometers, representing a 1,000-ton cut in carbon dioxide emissions.

To support its operations, HDT will implement the necessary charging infrastructure incompliance with Singapore's charging standards. This Type 2 charging standard – which allows for normal and semi-fast EV charging – will enable the BYD e6 taxi to fully charge within 90 minutes. HDT's charging points will bolster the government’s efforts to build an EV charging infrastructure that will also support the proliferation of EVs in Singapore.

"With its strong research capabilities, great pool of talent and a growing electro-mobility ecosystem, Singapore is an ideal location to deploy our e-taxi fleet to conduct research and development with reputable partners. From Singapore, we hope to co-create new and innovative solutions which we can commercialize in the region," said Mr. Wang Chuanfu, Chairman of BYD Group.

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