Fifty Electric Taxis Prepared for Beijing

Beijing is undoubtedly one of the cities that have to counteract pollution immediately and, in order to do so, the local officials are trying to change a few things in the auto sector, beginning with the taxi networks. A total of 50 electric taxis will go into service in Beijing by year end, with a dedicated charging station located in the west of the north square of Yangqing Railway Station, according to a report by the Global Times.

The Beijing authorities have established a total of 25 chargers for the electric taxis, all of them expected to be fully working in the end of the month.

The charging process has been optimized to be as efficient as possible, so a 30-minute recharging should provide at least an autonomy of 300 miles at slow speeds and 180 miles at higher speeds.

This isn't the first such initiative in China, as back in January, Wonder Auto signed an agreement with the Lioaning government to provide electric motors for 100 of its taxi vehicles. Of course, officials predicted that more and more taxi operators will migrate to fuel efficient and less-polluting models in the years to come and this is exactly what's happening right now.

"After 5 to 10 years, automobiles will be transformed from fuel powered to electric powered, from mild hybrid to heavy hybrid, and finally to pure electric powered. Wonder Auto will optimize its product portfolio and maximize its resources in order to focus on the global auto market in the future," Zhao Qingjie, Wonder Auto CEO said when announcing the accomplishment.
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