Local taxi company Big Blue Taxi Facilities has revealed that it is expected to use the first batch of 100 electric-powered taxis starting this July or August. According to The Star, company founder Datuk Shamsubahrin Ismail (pictured) said the electric vehicles were supposed to be launched in May, but the project had to be extended to comply with several processes prior to approval by the relevant authority.

“There are several technical factors such as obtaining Vehicle Type Approval (VTA), therefore we have to coordinate between taxi creators, manufacturers and the government and this takes time.”

“We are also in the process of signing a contract with local companies on the installation process of the electric powered-cabs, and if it is successful, we are expecting our first production of 5,000 units,” Shamsubahrin told the press after breaking fast with Big Blue taxi drivers recently.

At the event, Shamsubahrin also introduced Big Blue Taxi’s self-service counter system to help passengers book the taxi service. The counters would be located at public places including hotels, tourists areas, and the Kuala Lumpur International Airport (KLIA).

Meanwhile, he added that former Peugeot Citroen India director Shashikant Vaidyanathan will replace him as Big Blue’s chief executive officer (effective June 1), but said he would still remain as an advisor to the firm.