|First BYD Electric Vehicles to Arrive in Nederlands|
ROTTERDAM, Nederlands, May 30, 2011 (BUSINESS WIRE) -- Yesterday BYD Company Ltd
(BYD) and Rotterdam City entered into an agreement to deliver the BYD's
all-electric e6 vehicles as part of Nederland's green transportation project
"75-EV-RO" -- the first e6's in all of Europe. The Netherlands Prince Maurits van
Oranje, Vice Mayor of Rotterdam Mrs. A. van Huffelen, Chinese Ambassador Mr.
Zhang Jun and BYD's Henry Li (Auto Division GM) were all present for the signing
ceremony in Rotterdam City Hall. As part of the 75-EV-RO project, the Rotterdam
government plans to purchase 75 new energy vehicles of different types to create
a new energy fleet in Rotterdam. These projects will not only popularize the
concept of electrified transportation, but also resolve public concerns over
vehicle safety, charging technology and local environment impact.
At the core of the e6 technology is BYD's Iron Phosphate or "Fe" battery
technology. The Fe battery boasts the highest safety, longest service life and
most environmentally friendly rechargeable chemistry. Integrating the "Fe"
battery, the e6 (a 5-seat crossover all-electric vehicle) can travel up to 300 kM
in range per charge. The BYD e6 has been used as taxis in Shenzhen, China for
over a year now and is referenced in the recent "BYD Fleet Summary" released
April 29th, 2011. The fleet of 50 e6 Shenzhen taxis, in service since May 2010,
have now surpassed 3 million kilometers in cumulative fleet miles. The successful
operation of the e6 taxis in Shenzhen for over a year now has proven it's
reliability according to BYD officials. "We are very proud to be a part of the
'75-EV-RO' project and we are very confident in the performance of our electric
vehicles. We expect that our cooperation with Rotterdam government will be a big
success", said BYD's Mr. Li.
"The Rotterdam Government has been committed to the development of cleaner
transportation and aims to make Rotterdam a cleaner, greener and more healthy
city of Europe. The '75-EV-RO' is one of the hybrid/Electric vehicle pilot
projects that we have in hand. We are looking forward to testing the e6 and think
the e6 is a great choice for this project", added Mrs. van Huffelen.
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