Hong Kong launches first electric taxis
18 May AFP
Hong Kong saw its first electric taxis hit the streets yesterday in a
step towards reducing the city's high levels of roadside pollution.The
45 bright red cars were launched by Chinese electric vehicle producer
BYD, which is partly backed by US investment titan Warren Buffett.Called
the BYD e6, the five-door crossover sedans are powered by iron phosphate
batteries and take two hours to charge, a statement from BYD said,
adding that they can then travel for 300 kilometres (more than 180
The cars have been rented by the Hong Kong Taxi and Public Light Bus
Association, which is testing them over the next six months.
"The idea of being environmentally friendly is a global trend and the
electric car is one good example," said Wong Chung Keung, president and
chairman of the association.
"An electric car saves the cost of fuel and will allow our taxi
drivers to earn more," he added, saying that a normal taxi would cost
HK$0.8 (10 US cents) to run per kilometre (0.6 miles) while an electric
car would cost HK$0.2-HK$0.3.He called for more charging stations around
the city to encourage taxi drivers to go electric -- BYD said it is
setting up 47 chargers in nine charging locations near car parks.