Chinese automaker BYD Co. is sending 50 electric
cabs to London in a boost to China's struggling makers of all-electric
BYD and London cab company Green Tomato Cars announced this
week they will start a trial using 50 of BYD's e6 sedans in late 2013.
The Chinese automaker, one of whose investors is Warren
Buffett's Berkshire Hathaway Corp., says the e6 can travel 300 kilometers (186
miles) on one charge.
BYD has supplied 300 electric taxis and 200 electric buses
being used in the southern city of Shenzhen.
China's electric vehicle sales are falling behind the United
States and Japan, according to McKinsey & Co. The consulting firm reported
this week that sales of all-electric autos in China fell 31 percent in the
second quarter to just 235 vehicles.