Shenzhen to Add 2,000 Alternative Fuel Vehicles This YearMarch 17th, 2012 | Posted in BYD | Electric Car
Shenzhen, home to BYD, is going to put 2,000 alternative fuel vehicles, mostly pure-electric, on roads this year, according to the city’s Development and Reform Commission. The count includes 1,000 all-electric buses for public transportation, 500 pure electric sedans serving as taxicabs, and 500 government-employed green cars. Currently, there are more than 3,000 alternative fuel vehicles registered in Shenzhen, the most in any city in China.
The 1,000 electric buses will come from two automakers: BYD, producer of the K9, and Shenzhen Wuzhoulong Motors Group, which recently struck deals to sell buses to Hong Kong and Macau. By 2015, the city aims to have more than half of its buses run without an internal combustion engine. All of the 500 electric taxicabs to be added will be BYD e6s.
Shenzhen residents now own about 600 alternative fuel cars, most of them being of the plug-in hybrid BYD F3DM. Despite the 120,000 Yuan rebate from the central and municipal government, the BYD e6, with a high MSRP of 369,800 Yuan, has failed to attract ordinary consumers (nationwide, it sold 401 units last year).