Bogotá Launches All-electric Taxi Fleet Using Long-Range BYD e6 Cross-over Sedan

  Bogotá Launches All-electric Taxi Fleet Using Long-Range BYD e6 Cross-over

Business Wire

BOGOTÁ -- December 11, 2012

BYD Ltd and Praco Didacol (BYD’s Colombian distribution partner) will hold a
Press Conference tomorrow, December 12^th at 10:30AM at the Avenida el Dorado
No 78-20 Bogotá, Colombia, with BYD’s Chairman Chuanfu Wang to announce that
the first South American, all-electric taxi fleet will be launching next
month. Not only will Colceincias – Bogotá’s Technology, Science and Innovation
Administration be getting several vehicles, but 46 BYD e6’s will be placed
into Taxi service as of Q1 2013 in the Colombian capital. Ms. Stella Li, BYD
Senior Vice President, commented, “BYD is very impressed with the leadership
in Colombia and their vision to be a part of the new clean technology era with
electrified public transportation. We hope to triple our growth and presence
in Colombia by next year.”

49 Bogota All-electric BYD e6 Taxis make up the largest EV Taxi fleet in South
America today. (Photo ...

49 Bogota All-electric BYD e6 Taxis make up the largest EV Taxi fleet in South
America today. (Photo: Business Wire)

The District Government authorized this scalable all-electric Taxi pilot in an
effort to improve the air quality in Colombia’s dense cities. Forty-nine (49)
BYD e6, 5-passenger, all-electric cross-over sedans received approval from the
Colombia Ministry of Transportation to operate as taxis in the city of Bogotá.
These vehicles are not only the most spacious and comfortable Taxis in
Colombia (13.6 cubic foot or 0.385 cubic meters for passenger and cargo
space), but are extremely quiet on roads and completely non-polluting (no
direct emissions). A measure was adopted by the Ministry of Environment in
2009 so that these types of vehicles could be imported with zero tax and
electric cars in Bogotá do not have license plate restrictions like other
petroleum vehicles. “It is important that the capital city be the first to
lead a project like this, because of its size and the demand. The idea is that
this project can be replicated in other places in Colombia,” assured Marcela
Bonilla, Sectorial Director of Urban Affairs for the Ministry of the
Environment. According to Susana Muhamad, District Secretary of Environment,
“This project will permit us to analyze the behavior of the electric cars,
with the purpose of reducing the dependence on fossil fuels.”

BYD is one of the world’s leaders in electric vehicle manufacturing – BYD’s
fleet vehicles have accumulated over 50 million kilometers (or >30 M fleet
miles) as of Dec 2012. BYD’s market differentiator is the long-cycle-life and
the environmentally-friendly Iron-Phosphate battery – the key enabler for the
BYD electric vehicle. BYD Auto’s, distributed through Praco Didacol, are an
excellent option for Colombian citizens because the quality and service are
guaranteed by Praco Didacol, which has a strong local reputation for customer
satisfaction in Colombia for over 95 years. For more information, visit BYD at and

About BYD

BYD is ranked #1 at the top of Bloomberg’s and Business Week's 2009 Tech 100
and is the leading manufacturer of advanced, environmentally-friendly battery
technologies like the BYD’s Iron Phosphate battery used in BYD electric
vehicles and electric buses. BYD’s solar panels and LED Lighting systems have
CEC, TUV/CE and UL listings, and the company enjoys rapid growth in consumer
electronics space and electrified transportation sector manufacturing under
its BYD brand. BYD is the fastest-growing Chinese automotive and green energy
technology enterprise. The Company trades on the Hong Kong Exchange (HKE)
under the ticker numbers (HK.0285 – BYD Electronics) and (HK.1211 – BYD
Company Ltd.), as well as on the Shenzhen Stock Exchange under the ticker
number (002594 - BYD Company Ltd.). For more information, visit , or email

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BYD EU or Asia Contact:
Sherry Li
tel: +86-755-8988 8888
BYD America’s Contact:
Micheal Austin
PracoDidacol Contact:
Federico Gómez
Teléfono (1) 6182022 Ext. 22
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