Another 50 electric taxis went into operation in Beijing’s Pinggu district on June 9.
They are part of the second batch of taxis of this kind in the district, bringing the total number to 100.
The electric taxis are ready to go into operation on June 9.
The taxis were developed by Beijing Hyundai Co on the basis of its Elantra brand car.
The taxis travel 160 kilometers after six hours of charging in a normal charging station. Half an hour of fast charging allows them to run 110 km. The cars have seen great improvements in terms of power, spatial decoration and continuous driving mileage.
All electric taxi drivers work from 6am to 10pm every day. The initial rate is eight yuan ($1.30) within 3 km, and an additional 2 yuan per kilometer beyond that.
The operation company pays attention to the safety of both drivers and passengers and utilizes a GPS satellite positioning system to prevent drivers from violating traffic regulations. All the taxis have complete insurance policies. All 100 drivers received their licenses after professional training. They pay 3,300 yuan per month to rent the electric taxis.
An electric taxi driver cleans his car before setting off on June 9.
Pinggu will add another 50 electric taxis later this year, according to Li Wentao, a manager of the operation company. Five towns in the district will build fast-charging stations, and five waiting stations will be set up in densely populated areas, such as shopping malls and hospitals.
A total of 100 parking spaces will be planned for these electric taxis.
In addition, the district is coordinating with Beijing’s taxi dispatching center on sharing a taxi reservation hotline service. People can hail taxis by dialing 96106, the hotline for the dispatch center.