BYD was recently commissioned to deliver the first of what will eventually be a fleet of around 1,500 all-electric taxis in the city of Colón in Panama in cooperation with Ensa Servicios and Traservi.
A total of 1,500 electric taxis are planned for the province of Colón. For now, the fleet consists of seven BYD e6s that have just been delivered. A further 30 electric taxis are to follow soon and in the second phase an additional 60 EVs by the end of the year.
Stella Li representing BYD said: “We will work with our partners to bring more electric vehicles and provide passengers with more efficient public transport with environmentally friendly technologies.”
The partners will also be responsible for setting up the charging infrastructure with the aim of building a solid foundation for promoting electric mobility in Panama. The three companies, BYD, Ensa Servicios and Traservi, have already inaugurated the first rapid charging station for electric taxis in Colón province. The charging station is located outside the local offices of ENSA in the city’s Arco Iris district. ENSA will also deliver a fleet of six electric buses to Ruta Urbana de Colón, a local operator that plans to electrify around 100 buses in the longer-term.
Besides, BYD revealed that in April, they already signed a cooperation agreement with local operators MiBus and ENSA Servicios to bring BYD’s K9 purely electric bus to Panama City as part of a six-month pilot scheme.