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Published on January 24th, 2013 | by Christopher DeMorro

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Chinese City Adds 500 BYD e6 EVs To Police Fleet

While President Obama’s goal of 1 million EVs and plug-in hybrids on the road by 2015 seems increasingly out of reach, China still remains bullish on electrified vehicles. The Chinese city of Shenzen has decided to lead by example and put in an order for 500 BYD e6 EVs to bolster the ranks of its police fleet. This isn’t the first EV contract BYD has won with Shenzen, but it is one of the biggest.

Warren Buffett invested in BYD, which hopes to sell green vehicles en masse in China and abroad. Unfortunately, BYD has seen profits drop almost 95% in the past year, as the hoped-for green revolution in China has yet to materialize. Yet the Shenzen-based company has won several lucrative contracts from the local government, including providing 300 e6 taxis, which another 500 possibly joining transit fleets in the next year. BYD has also been tapped to provide all-electric buses to the city.

BYD won the contract because their e6 EV can reportedly meet the needs of Chinese police thanks to a supposed range of 186 miles and a top speed of 87 mph. While EVs make a lot of sense for city-based police officers, Shenzen and other Chinese cities will need to adopt them at a much faster rate if China hopes to reach its goal of less air pollution and 5 million plug-in cars by 2020.

The Chinese government knows it needs to modernize and electrify its fleets, lest the “air-pocalypse” hovering over Beijing spreads to other cities. There is so much pollution in Beijing that people are recommended to spend as little time outside as possible, and cities like Hong Kong have even gone so far as to ban certain heavy polluting vehicles from the city limits. While electric vehicles can go a long way towards reducing air pollution, BYD needs more than even these sizable contracts to hope to stay in business. BYD reportedly made a net profit of just $730,000 last quarter.

While other Chinese cities, including Hong Kong, have adopted EVs for their police officers, Shenzen appears to be setting itself up as a leader in clean car technology. But will the rest of China’s 1.3 billion citizens fall in line as well?

Source: Autoblog Green


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Chris DeMorro is a writer and gearhead who loves all things automotive, from hybrids to HEMIs. When he isn't wrenching or writing, he's running, because he's one of those crazy people who gets enjoyment from running insane distances.



  • http://www.facebook.com/bruce.miller.900 Bruce Miller

    Watch closely now for induction chargers, (Spain) and on the fly induction chargers for electric cars in cities, and electric bullet trains to replace the American “highway” syndrome as Asians speed into the future into the 21st century with Europe in close pursuit. Expect a Pan Eurasian Alliance to become self evident and the way of the future for mankind. Expect U.S.A. and is obsession with Israel, gasoline, oil and enriched uranium to fall away to insignificance, even as MAD assures a major war free world. Expect N Korea to be China’s ‘unmanageable bull dog, to counter U.S.A.’s Israeli sabre waving nut bars. Even today, America has a technological deficit with China and most American “secrets” have been long bought out. Even Made in U.S.A. Hercules aircraft bought by Canada were found to be made from Chinese sub assemblies, electronics, and Canadian can expect the made in u.S.A. priced F-35′s contracted for to be built mainly as sub contacts to Chinese factories, much as the Hercules were. Expect Jet liners fully Chinese made to show on the world scene in half a decade, expect Thorium LFTR styled reactors to supplant American enriched uranium designs in China in half a decade,and realize Thorium reactor powered electric bullet trains will cover the Pan Eurasian continent, even with tunnels to the African continent, to supplant oil intensive jet travel there with cheaper safer thorium fuels and watch as America shrinks away as world oil prices rise, bid up by stronger Yuan against the water down U.S. Dollar.

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