Shanghai (Gasgoo)- BYD, a Chinese leading NEV manufacturer, handed over 300 all-electric taxies to Changsha municipal government on March 21, as part of efforts to popularize the concept of “green commuting”.
All of vehicles delivered recently are the BYD e5 BEVs, which will be operated by two taxi subsidiaries of YongTong Motor. Besides, the delivery will continue with the number expected to total 2,000 units by the end of 2020.
（Photo source: BYD CV)
Reportedly, the BYD e5 BEVs have been deployed in Shenzhen, Shijiazhuang and Shanxi to serve as carriers of taxi and ride-hailing mobility services.
What BYD did is in tune with the suggestions Changsha issued in 2014 on NEV promotion and application. According to the document, local authority would prioritize the NEV popularization in such public service sectors as buses, special-purpose vehicles (taxies, sanitation vehicles, postal cars and logistics vehicles), as well as government vehicles.
Moreover, the latest BEV delivery came shortly after Changsha government put forward the policy to subsidize new car purchase.
From March 11 to June 30, consumers who buy from designated dealers the vehicles manufactured by such OEMs as SAIC Volkswagen's Changsha plant, Changsha BYD, GAC Mitsubishi, GAC FCA and Leopaard, and get license plates in Changsha, will enjoy subsidy worth 3% of a bar vehicle's price—“bare vehicle” refers to a status in which the product just leaves the factory without any non-standard facilities installed—with the value of up to RMB3,000 per car, according to the Changsha City Development and Reform Commission, the government said.
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