Transportation Officials Clarifies Plans to Popularize Use of Electric Taxis
City transportation officials are now working to clarify plans that will gradually popularize the use of electric taxis as public transportation and will replace fuel powered taxis in the future. The Shenzhen development and reform commission said that the city is not requiring the use of electric taxis as per administration orders, but is promoting the trend of replacing public vehicles that are fuel powered.
As of the moment there is no specific timeline for the use of electric vehicles or reports on replacing all fuel powered taxis with electric taxis within five years. But Shenzhen is planning to add around 500 electric taxis to the current fleet this year and 800 more by next year. Since the city is a model city of public transport, it needs to provide a good environment for electric taxis through policies and to further encourage drivers of fueled powered taxis to convert to electric taxis.
Shenzhen will add more 1,000 hybrid buses and 500 full electric taxis made by Shenzhen based BYD before the year ends and another 500 more new energy vehicles that will be issued for police use. As of October Shenzhen placed more than 3,390 new energy vehicles to use from 2,050 hybrids and full electric buses, to 300 electric taxis and around 958 household electric vehicles.
In 2009 Shenzhen was one of the five cities in China that piloted a subsidy program for electric vehicle buyers, were buyers receive subsidies of up to 120,000 yuan.