XI’AN, China, Aug. 8, 2019 /PRNewswire/ — Xi’an, the capital city of China’s Shaanxi province, announced to launch 200 new electric taxis as part of its green transportation program, which aims to introduce 6,461 electric taxis by the end of 2019.
First of all, 6,461 Dual-fuel taxis are currently in operation. That’s along with 8,124 methanol and electric vehicles. So the 6,461 are going to be phased out. Then replaced by only methanol and electric vehicles. Of which this is all in pursuit of becoming China’s first emission-free, ecological city.
Xi’an Launches 200 Electric Taxis, Clean Energy to Replace Gas by 2019.
The newly-launched, lotus green electric taxis use high energy density, lithium-ion batteries with a life-span of 405 kilometers. The batteries can receive a charge of up to 50KW and are compatible with the cities existing infrastructure. That’s allowing drivers to charge their vehicles conveniently across the region.
Compared to currently in-use dual fuel taxis, the new pure electric models are quieter, more stable and cheaper to operate. Removing the gas tank in the boot of the car also provides travelers with a more spacious and convenient travel experience.
The launch benefits passengers and drivers alike. The cost of charging an electric taxi is significantly lower than the cost of filling a taxi with traditional fuels, which can increase the net income for drivers. The city is also working with vehicle suppliers to improve after-sales services. At present, the taxi manufacturer has 12 new energy vehicle sales stores and ten after-sales service stores with new energy vehicle maintenance capabilities inXi’an, providing 24-hour uninterrupted rescue service, as well as a 600,000 km long warranty for motor, electric control and battery.
The program is adding more clean energy to the already-running green update in the city. More than 327 electric taxis were put into operation inXi’anin the past three years. As well as 4699 methanol taxis are now serving the city’s residents from last December.