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Montevideo’s 50 BYD Electric Taxi Fleet Ushers in Rise of Electrified Public Transportation in South America

Uruguay is becoming known in South America as a trendsetter, by taking bold measures towards sustainable development and improvement of its citizens’ quality of life. Now it is aiming towards energy efficiency and reduced emissions, by jumping on Bogota’s bandwagon – which already relies on a 45 BYD e6 taxi fleet – and incorporating a fleet of 50 BYD e6 fully electric taxis to run the streets of Montevideo, as a result of the vehicles’ successful performance in tests since February this year. The country currently relies on a total fleet of 5,000 fossil fuel taxis, 60% of which are in the capital. 62% of the country’s energy comes from imported fossil fuels – 29% of which going into transportation – thus compelling the administration to set a serious decarbonization target of 30% by 2015.


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