BYD’s Chairman Wang Chuanfu & Rotterdam Taxi Company (RTC) CEO Sjaak de Winter
Rotterdam Taxi Company (RTC), which began operating BYD e6 electric taxis in 2013 (the first to do so in Europe), recently signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the Chinese manufacturer to extend its zero emission fleet from three to 25.
Rotterdam is one of several cities in which e6 are operated, (London, Brussels and Barcelona).
However, entering the European market isn't an easy task for an unknown brand and many potential customers seem to prefer doing extended trials before volume orders.
RTC CEO Sjaak de Winter stated:
“The experience with our first three BYD e6 taxis has been very positive – they are liked by our passengers and drivers and they have proved very economical to operate. We look forward to expanding our fleet of these environmentally friendly and cost effective vehicles."
BYD’s Chairman Wang Chuanfu was present at the signing:
“We are delighted that major European cities such as Rotterdam are recognising the role that BYD’s battery technology can play in improving air quality in urban environments. Our e6 taxis – and our ebus range of pure electric city buses – rely on a proven and reliable battery technology, which delivers excellent range and real operating cost advantages to the operators. It’s great to be able to co-operate further with our friends at RTC.”