The Dutch city of Rotterdam is to add Chinese carmaker BYD’s all-electric e6 vehicle to its green transportation project.
The city authorities plan to purchase 75 electric vehicles of different types for the 75-EV-RO project. The e6 vehicles will be the first of their kind in Europe.
The e6 uses BYD’s iron phosphate or ‘Fe’ battery technology, which the company claims delivers the highest safety, longest service life and most environmentally friendly rechargeable technology.
The vehicles, 50 of which are being used as taxis in Shenzhen, have a range of up to 300 km per charge.
“The Rotterdam Government has been committed to the development of cleaner transportation and aims to make Rotterdam a cleaner, greener and more healthy city of Europe. The ‘75-EV-RO’ is one of the hybrid/Electric vehicle pilot projects that we have in hand… [and] we are looking forward to testing [it],” says vice mayor of the city Mrs. A. van Huffelen.
For further information:
Chinese carmaker to deliver world’s largest electric bus fleet (18-May)
Daimler and BYD join forces on electric vehicles for China (8-Mar 2010)
01 June 2011