On 25 July 2016, HDT Singapore announced that it will launch a fleet of fully-electric taxis in Singapore by the first quarter of 2017, making it the first full e-taxi fleet operator in Southeast Asia. The fleet of 100 e6 electric saloon cars is provided by BYD, the world’s largest manufacturer of rechargeable batteries and electric vehicles (EVs).
BYD to launch fleet of 100 electric taxis in Singapore
HDT’s e-taxi trial will last for eight years and is part of Singapore’s EV Phase 2 Test-bed co-led by the Land Transport Authority (LTA) and Economic Development Board (EDB), which is aimed at exploring fleet-based operations such as EV car-sharing and electric taxi fleets. The trial will give LTA and EDB the opportunity to study whether new EV business models are viable for Singapore’s land transport network.
To support its operations, HDT will implement Singapore’s national Type 2 charging standard, which allows for normal and semi-fast charging of EVs, will enable BYD’s e6 cars to be fully charged within approximately 1.5 hours. HDT’s charging points are aligned with the government’s efforts to grow the EV charging infrastructure in Singapore.
As part of the e-taxi trial in Singapore, BYD will undertake new high-value economic activities in Singapore comprising its Southeast Asia headquarters and Research & Development (R&D) centre. The R&D centre will leverage its fleet of e-taxis and network of charging stations operating in a real-life environment in Singapore and undertake research collaborations with local research institutes in areas such as energy management and driver behaviour studies.
- 25 July 2016