Xi'an, capital of Shaanxi province, launched 200 new electric taxis on July 31, a move to achieve its goal of the application of more than 6,000 electric taxis by the end of 2019.
The launching ceremony for the 200 new electric taxis is held in Xi'an High-tech Industries Development Zone on July 31. [Photo by Dang Yun/xinhuanet.com]
Dedicated to becoming a city featuring a lush ecological environment and livable conditions, Xi'an has launched a series of measures to reduce exhaust emissions and improve the usage of new energy vehicles locally in recent years.
From 2015 to 2017, the city launched more than 300 electric taxis, and in January this year, a total of 200 BYD K8S fully electric double-decker buses went into operation in the city.
The 200 new electric taxis in Xi’an have green bodies with black roofs. [Photo by Dang Yun/xinhuanet.com]
The recently introduced updated electric taxis use the BYD e5 model, which boasts more space inside and a larger truck space. Carrying the newly developed ternary lithium battery, they are able to run a maximum of 405 kilometers after one charge.
"The shell is designed in green color, which stands for both low-carbon transportation and Xi'an's vigorous development," said Wang Jian, an official with the city's taxi management department.
In addition, charging an electric taxi costs much less than filling a taxi with other fuels, which can increase the net income for taxi drivers.