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London's first electric taxi fleet hits the streets

11 February 2014 | Business Green

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London's first fleet of electric taxis has come into operation today, four years ahead of Mayor Boris Johnson's 2018 deadline for all new cabs to be zero emission. The 20 e6 model taxis have been manufactured by Warren Buffet-backed Chinese company BYD, which launched London's first electric buses less than two months ago. The vehicles can travel 186 miles on a single charge and will be operated by chauffeur service Thriev, which is set to install charging points at its Edgware Road site. The new fleet is expected to be joined by a further 50 cars by July, after BYD signed a memorandum of understanding to supply minicab firm Green Tomato Cars.


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