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Faring well: electric taxis on the streets of Shenzhen

Shenzhen has just become the first Chinese city to switch its cab drivers to electric vehicles. Well, some of them. There are now 30 drivers trialling local manufacturer BYD’s e6 electric car. The number is set to rise to 100 by the end of June. If successful, the city government hopes to have 2,500 zero-emission, battery-powered taxis on the road by 2012. So far they’ve been a hit, according to the South China Morning Post.

It interviewed taxi driver Lu Shiming who commented: “The acceleration and the breaking systems are excellent. It’s very comfortable. You have strong air-conditioning and the steering wheel is light and easy to control.”

In fact, the cabbie added that the e6’s performance was better than any of his three previous petrol-powered taxis. That should please BYD’s most famous shareholder, Warren Buffett.


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