BEIJING, Nov. 2, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- With environmental pollution as a typical issue worldwide, China, now the largest developing country in the world, has introduced several powerful measures to address the challenge of air pollution. The measures include a plan of promoting the use of electric taxis, to reduce exhaust pollution.
New energy automaker BAIC BJEV, a subsidiary of Beijing Automotive Group (BAIC Group),a company that ranks 160 th among the Fortune 500, has recently delivered the first few battery-switch stations for EV taxi in Beijing. So far, the stations form the largest-scale network in the world for electric taxi battery charging and swapping. The first batch of ten battery-swap stations has commenced operation on Oct. 29th and will offer services across eight urban districts in Beijing. "In 2016, 50 EV battery charging and switch stations will be put into operation in Beijing and are expected to address the battery-swap needs of at least 6,000 EV taxis. Taxi drivers will be able to remove the battery once it starts running out of power and replace it with a fully-charged one at the nearest station. The station locations have been planned so that drivers will not need to travel more than five kilometers for swapping battery. By the end of 2017, Beijing will be home to 200 EV battery charging and swapping stations, which will meet the requirements of 30,000 EVs. In preparation for the 2022 Olympic Winter Games in Beijing and Zhangjiakou, BAIC BJEV will replace 50,000 existing taxis with EVs equipped with switchable batteries," said Xu Heyi, chairman of BAIC Group.