VEMO, the largest new energy transport operator in Mexico has purchased 1,000 units of BYD D1 EV. Currently, 200 units of BYD D1 are already in operation in Mexico. These 1,000 units of BYD D1 will form the largest electric taxi fleet outside China. Keep in mind VEMO also operates other China-made vehicles, like Yutong EV buses and BYD Yuan EV SUV.
The BYD D1 is a compact vehicle (classified as MPV) which measures 4,390 mm long 1,850 mm wide and 1,650 mm tall (almost the same size of Honda BR-V). It was developed by BYD in cooperation with DiDi exclusively for ride-hailing services. Its right rear door is designed as a side sliding one, which is easy for passengers to get on and off the car and can avoid blind spot accidents. Its wide backseat space also provides passengers with comfort.
The D1 is equipped with BYD’s Blade Battery, providing an NEDC driving range of up to 418 km and has the capability to achieve a maximum speed of up to 130 km/h. BYD claims Blade batteries are the safest solution for EVs as they almost can’t catch fire, even if damaged. The D1 was first unveiled in November 2020, and in the first half of 2021, D1’s highest monthly sales exceeded 2,700 units, ranking it among the top 10 MPV sales in a month in China.
Commenting on the development, Alejandro Rosette, Co-director of Mobility Platforms of VEMO, said:
“Having BYD’s D1 models as part of the VEMO’s electric fleet will allow us to increase our operational capabilities with mobility platforms and the availability of our recharging infrastructure. The fleet can save 20,000 tons of carbon emissions each year, which is equivalent to planting 1 million trees. We believe that promoting sustainable development through green products will benefit the Mexican people, as well as people around the world.”
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