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Over in Hong Kong, a small number of BYD e6 electric vehicles have joined the taxi fleet plying the city. According to Reuters, the Hong Kong Taxi & Public Light Bus Association is renting an initial fleet of 45 e6s for US$1,000 each per month for use as taxis, although thus far only six vehicles had licenses.

The association is the automaker’s only HK customer to date, but BYD is hoping to increase the number of e6 taxis in the city to 5,000 in three years.

The e6 went on sale in China in 2011, intended for private use on the mainland and in the United States, but sales never took off. With a sticker price of 369,800 Yuan (RM183,180), BYD only managed to sell about 1,700 units of the car in China last year.

The five-seater crossover has a claimed travel range of 300 km, and is powered by a 75 kW motor and a proprietary iron-phospate FE battery. While it takes six hours to fully charge the car via a standard 10 kW charging pole, it needs only 40 minutes through a 100 kW fast-charging station – for taxi use, the faster the better, one would think.