China Declares Death Of Gas Taxis In Beijing, Only Electric From Here On Out
Smog has become so prevalent in some cities in China that action must be taken to curb the pollution issue.
Effective immediately, Beijing will begin a phase-out process for gas-powered taxis. Those taxis will be replaced by pure electric cars, like the BYD e6 taxis seen in the images associated with this post.
Reports suggest that some 71,000 taxis roam the roads of Beijing. Right now, only 4,000 or so of them operate under electric power.
The phase-out begins now. Any new taxi entering service from here on out will be required to be pure electric. As older gas taxis are removed from service, their replacements will be required to be battery powered. Obviously, it will take some years to replace the whole 67,000-unit fleet of gas burners, but the process is underway right now.
Taxi operators are already complaining though. According to reports, a typical taxi in Beijing costs approximately $10,000 to purchase, while a similar electric taxi costs double that or even more.
In order to support such a large number of electric cars in one city, a vast infrastructure will have to be constructed. Details on how the infrastructure will be funded and put in place have not been released.