BAIC's Foton Midi electric taxis start trial operation at Yanqing

by Karen Di   2011-03-17

- Font Size  +
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.


Post a Comment (No comment)

If you want to comment this article, please log in first. If you have no account, you can create an account by click the button blow.
Sign In Register