Uruguay Adds 50 BYD e6 Taxis To Fleet

2 years ago by Mark Kane 10

The first batch of e6 taxis to integrate the Montevideo fleet

The first batch of e6 taxis to integrate the Montevideo fleet

Daniel Martinez Mayor of Montevideo takes his first ride in the BYD e6

Daniel Martinez Mayor of Montevideo takes his first ride in the BYD e6

BYD is entering Uruguay with delivery of 50 all-electric e6 taxi in Montevideo.

This is another project in South America, as the Chinese company earlier delivered 45 e6 taxis in Bogota, Colombia.

Before introduction, the vehicles were in testing since February this year.

There are some 5,000 taxis in Uruguay (3,000 in capital Montevideo). The first batch of 50 EVs translates to a significant 1%.

“In a ceremony held on Friday, August 14, national and departmental authorities were introduced to the first BYD electric taxis that will soon start operating in the city. Uruguay’s Minister of Industry, Energy and Mining, Carolina Cosse; the Mayor of Montevideo, Daniel Martinez; the President of UTE, Gonzalo Casaravilla; and the President of the National Taxi Union, Oscar Dourado, all spoke of the importance of energy policies that promote more efficient and environmentally friendly technologies for the transport sector, particularly with electric fleet vehicles. Mr. Casaravilla and Mr. Dourado also emphasized the urge to build a zero pollution and zero-emission green Montevideo. Minister Carolina Cosse stated: “We need to develop a broader and more robust productive matrix, and the two main components are energy and innovation.”

There is big chance that number of EV taxis will grow as Uruguay has prepared high subsidies (we are not sure about the correctness of $100,000 per car values in thepress release):

“To achieve such goals, the government will be offering unprecedented subsidies and advantages to those willing to embrace electric taxis as an alternative to the seemingly less costly fuel cars: the taxi license for a pure electric vehicle will have a 60,000 USD subsidy, which is 50% less as compared to a conventional taxi; owners will also be exempted of the 23% import tax on the vehicles. As for charging infrastructure, government stimulus policies will promote the installation of charging facilities with a 5,000 USD subsidy for each charging pole installed. Altogether, a single pure electric taxi in Uruguay will receive the equivalent to 100,000 USD in subsidies.”

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10 responses to "Uruguay Adds 50 BYD e6 Taxis To Fleet"

  1. zone4 says:

    Ok, this doesn’t look good for the US EV industry.

    1. Robb Stark says:

      So goes the Uruguayan taxi fleet so goes the world.

    2. Mister G says:

      Nailed it.

  2. ffbj says:

    A nice field test for BYD. Lets see how they do.

  3. Jacob says:

    What is the size of the battery and what is the range?

    1. Robb Stark says:

      2009-2015 48 kWh 122 EPA miles.

      Supposed to come here long ago but had trouble passing all US safety standards.

      2016 supposed to be 60 kWh and 186 miles.

  4. Jonathan says:

    The old E6 has a 60ish kWh battery pact. Range is 300km. The 2015 E6 has a range of 400km. Lanzhou, China will be the first to get them. This was announced earlier this month. Some of the E6 taxies operating in Shenzhen has already reached 710,000KM.

  5. Pushmi-Pullyu says:

    Presumably someday, China will actually make EVs that can be legally sold in first-world countries.

    Today is not that day.

  6. Mister G says:

    In 10 years we will all be driving Chinese BEV’s unless American car manufacturers take vehicle electrification seriously.

  7. Bardamu says:

    Pushmi-Pallyu… Presumably some day the first world countries will abandon the protectionism behind some expensive standards… third world countries are maybe less disciplinated societies, so they don’t consider so easly industrial impositions as primary needs..