Bogotá Launches the Largest All-electric Taxi Fleet in South America

  Bogotá Launches the Largest All-electric Taxi Fleet in South America

                BYD already delivered 45 e6 Cross-over eTaxis

Business Wire

BOGOTÁ, Colombia -- September 2, 2013

Today BYD Co., Ltd., Codesa, Praco, Helm Bank, and ETC held a ceremony at
Tercer Milenio Charging Station announcing and displaying all-electric e6
taxis to be put into service in the capital City of Colombia – Bogota. Dr.
Gustavo Petro Urrero,Mayor of Bogota, Dr. Adriana Soto Carreño, Deputy
Minister of the Department of the Environment and Sustainability, Dr. Néstor
García Buitrago, District Secretary of Environment and other important guests
were in attendance. The 45, e6 fleet vehicles were all part of that country’s
new “BIOTAXIS Project” (page 38 in the linked report – authorized by Decree
677 of 2011). “The purpose of this pilot is to replace conventional taxis with
the electric taxis and show a visible benefit to investors due to the reduced
operational cost of electric vehicles. Anybody who owns a combustion taxi in
operation has the ability to replace it with an electric taxi now”, commented
by Dr. Gustavo Petro Urrero,Mayor of Bogota.

BYD e6 All-electric taxis pictured in Bogota, Columbia. The e6 can drive up to
300 Km (187 miles) on ...

BYD e6 All-electric taxis pictured in Bogota, Columbia. The e6 can drive up to
300 Km (187 miles) on a single electric charge and is positioned well for
high-utility applications like the Bogota eTaxi fleets. (Photo: Business Wire)

Bogota’s “Decree 677 of 2011” clearly states the need for the city to develop
instruments and tools to support and promote the development of electric
transportation policy and has been promoted in conjunction with the
Departments of the Environment and Sustainability, Commerce Ministry and the
Finance Ministry. “The import duty of hybrid bus, truck and CNG vehicles will
be reduced down to 5% from 15%, while the import duty of pure electric bus,
truck, taxi and private cars will be entirely eliminated,” explained the
Minister of the Department of the Environment and Sustainability. “It’s
anticipated that 2,250 pure electric vehicles will benefit from this act in
just 3 years.” According to a report from the World Bank in 2012, the economic
loss caused by air pollution in Colombia is 570 million pesos (local currency)
every year, and pollution from dirty petroleum transportation may have played
a role in as many as 5,000 deaths in the country. Deputy Minister of the
Department of the Environment and Sustainability, Dr. Adriana Soto Carreño
mentioned, "We hope other cities would also introduce pure electric and hybrid
electric vehicles into public transportation, to reduce particulate matter and
pollution and improve public health."

The BYD e6 is a 5-passenger, long-range, pure electric utility vehicle powered
by BYD’s core technology Iron-Phosphate battery. It is a crossover between a
sedan and a SUV with superior interior space and additional 450L cargo space.
The nominal range of e6 from a single charge is 300 km. Using BYD’s
internally-developed bi-directional charging and discharging technology, the
e6 can be fully charged in 2 hours (0-100%). With over 800 e6 vehicles running
as public eTaxis today, the e6 fleets have an accumulated range of over 100
million km (as of Aug, 1^st, 2013). They are operated two shifts for nearly 24
hours with mid-day supplemental charging required. Through electrifying the
city’s public taxi fleet, BYD e6 is achieving reduced Green House Gas
emissions and reducing public health care costs. For more information, please
visit www.byd.com , www.facebook.com/bydcompany or email pr@byd.com.

About BYD

BYD is ranked #1 at the top of Bloomberg’s and Business Week's 2009 Tech 100
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) 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 Stock Exchange (HKSE) 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 www.byd.com , www.facebook.com/bydcompany or email
pr@byd.com.

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In US:
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