Opoli’s San Diego Ridesharing Fleet To Get 50 BYD e6 EVs

AUG 6 2015 BY MARK KANE 4

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BYD has found its way to enter the California electric car market, at least at a pilot stage –¬†through ridesharing.

Ridesharing is a concept that replaces taxis, joining passengers with different drivers using an app.¬† And here is BYD Motors, who intends to make available 50 e6 electric crossovers to drivers working in Opoli’s ridesharing system.

For BYD, it could be important way to gather experience and feedback in California, as well as present its e6 and its viability to other business partners.

“The all-electric crossover SUV from BYD will join Opoli’s natural gas airport shuttles late summer 2015, in efforts to decrease emissions. Opoli has been allotted charging spaces at the docking station at the San Diego International Airport. The e6 is ideal for drivers and fleet operators as its range exceeds 180 miles on a full charge. Opoli in San Diego will join other US cities such as New York, San Francisco and Chicago, to use the battery-electric crossover SUV in taxi and municipal fleets.”

“This partnership comes weeks after Opoli launched services in the San Diego area, including being the first rideshare service permitted at the San Diego International Airport. Opoli functions under a name-your-price model, connecting drivers and ride seekers to agree upon a fare, with 100 percent of the fare going to the driver’s account. Rides can be booked in advance or on demand via the Opoli app, available for iOS and Android.”

Rattan Joea, founder and CEO of Opoli Technologies said:

“At Opoli we continue to seek out and provide an affordable solution to the transportation problems that plague metropolitan areas. Teaming up with BYD provides riders not only cost-effective solutions, but a green alternative in San Diego. We want to bring viable share-ride experiences to the commuting community. Riders would have fastest Wi-Fi available in the vehicles, along with other perks, to make the most of their commutes.”

Stella Li, BYD Motors President said:

“BYD is very excited to be partnering with Opoli Technologies. Our company was built on innovation, and unlike most auto manufacturers we are excited for the future of the shared-use economy and pioneers such as Opoli. We are proud to be working with another California company in creating jobs, cleaning the air and leading the way.”

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4 Comments on "Opoli’s San Diego Ridesharing Fleet To Get 50 BYD e6 EVs"

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Mark C

For some who may be biased and only willing to consider Chinese {pick a category} as junk compared to everyone elses, this gives them exposure to a BYD car. BYD busses are already in CA, so the cars will seem normal, at least in the same areas, as well and could help BYD break into our automobile market.

A Chinese entry in the market isn’t much different today than Hyundai and Yugo were about 25 years ago.

wavelet

It’s great that electric cars are to be used in a taxi-type program (esp. a long AER BEV).

What’s not so great is that it’s done through a “ride sharing” service — basically, a dubiously-legal taxi service.
California recently ruled that Uber drivers are its employee, and this will apply here as well.

Not necessarily. I already see multiple loopholes Uber doesn’t have just in this blog post. OTOH, official airport sanction is one line in the sand that can be used against them.

Bill Howland

The NYC experience was that that the Nissan NV-200 failed for not having sufficient range for taxi drivers to do their job, the Tesla S failed since it was too expensive, and the only car that passed was the BYD (assumedly, the price was going to be considerably cheaper than the Tesla).