BAIC's Foton Midi electric taxis start trial operation at Yanqing
by Karen Di
Yanqing plans to set up another seven charging stations for the electric taxis in the future.
YANQING, Beijing – On March 1, 50 BAIC’s Foton Midi electric taxis were delivered to Beijing Guichuan Taxi Co., Ltd. to start the trial operation at Yanqing, a county of Beijing, which makes Beijing the second city nationwide to launch electric taxis following Shenzhen, according to media sources.
As introduced, the Midi electric taxis are self-developed by Beiqi-Foton, BAIC’s commercial vehicle arm, and have a peak output power of 60 kW and an electric consumption of 15 kWh per 100 km each. All the vehicles are equipped with a Global Positioning System (GPS) which is connected to the company’s control center where the taxis can be scheduled and monitored.
Currently, a charging station installed with 25 charging poles with a floor area of 2,205 square meters has been built at Yanqing. By using a magnetic card for self-charging, it takes six to eight hours for the taxi to be fully charged in a slow charging mode but a half-hour of quick charging can electrify the car to 80 percent.
A Midi electric taxi has a displacement of 23 kWh and the current price of electricity is ¥0.78 ($0.12) per kWh, which means it can travel about 140 km with a cheap charging cost of ¥18, though there are some other costs in terms of the regular replacement of power battery, battery quality stability and battery scraps.
Yanqing plans to establish another seven charging stations and a maintenance plant for pure electric taxis in the foreseeable future. “Yanqing is a small county and has advantages for the trial operation of electric taxis,” said Zhao Jingguang, senior official of Beiqi-Foton. These electric taxis will be trial operated on a commercial basis. If a good market performance is achieved, electric taxis will be gradually popularized to other districts and counties in Beijing, added Zhao.
Fares for the Midi taxis will be ¥5 for the first 3 km and ¥1.5 per km afterwards.