The greening of taxi fleets around the world grew significantly recently as the largest all-electric taxi fleet in South America was unveiled in Colombia by BYD. The Chinese automotive company delivered the fleet in a ceremony in the capital city of Bogota alongside its partners Codesa, Praco, Helm Bank and ETC.
The 45 electric, 5-passenger vehicle BYD brought to Bogota are part of Colombia’s new “BIOTAXIS Project,” which calls for replacing conventional taxis with more green offerings. It also is designed “show a visible benefit to investors due to the reduced operational cost of electric vehicles,” and will help nudge the city, and nation, towards developing “instruments and tools to support and promote the development of electric transportation policy.”
The idea of low carbon public transportation fleets in South America is something which has been studied by the C40, a group of cities working to reduce urban carbon emissions and to address climate change. This group recently helped launch a hybrid/electric bus test program in Brazil, in addition to looking like it offered some support to the Colombia electric taxi program.
The BYD vehicle at the heart of this program is the e6, which has gotten plenty of play in other electric taxi programs around the world to the tune of over 800 deployed to date. A crossover between a sedan and a SUV that’s powered by an iron-phosphate battery that can be fully recharged in two hours, the e6 fleets have thus far driven an accumulated range of over 100 million km. The range of one e6 is said to be 300 km.
Besides electric taxis, Colombia is along engaged in other electric vehicle uses, such as a fleet of electric motorcycles from Zero Motorcycles for use by Bogota police for patrols, traffic enforcement and all daily policing actions.