Former U.S. President Bill Clinton rides in BYD pure-electric Taxi across Colombia

May 22nd 2013 – President Bill Clinton visited the historical city of Cartagena, Colombia today to support government officials in their  climate-change actions. He was accompanied by the Mayor of Bogota,  Gustavo Pedro during a test drive in the city’s newest, pure-electric, zero-emissions taxis  –  the BYD  e6. Colombia officials assigned the BYD pure electric taxi e6 as the only transport vehicle for  President Clinton during his visit to Colombia. President Clinton  discussed global warming and climate change with Mayor Pedro  and gave him advice on new actions to take. During their break  period, Mr. Clinton was interested to see the electro-mechanical structures of the e6.
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Clinton even opened the front hood of e6 himself to view the internal structure. He was quite impressed and stated, that “such a pure electric taxi would be quite helpful improving urban air  conditions.”

Mayor Pedro was the vehicle driver with Mr. Clinton sitting in the co-pilot position  (not pictured was Environment Secretary-General of Colombia in the back seat). The mayor said in a communiqué later, “the Clinton Climate Initiative (CCI) has been very supportive of Bogota Human City Development Program, joining together with Bogota to develop pure electric taxi pilot program, also implementing the hybrid and pure electric bus program, and establishing the city funds to mitigate risks to face the climate change issues.”  The Mayor  continued saying,  “the purpose of meeting with Mr. Clinton is to reinforce the working relationship between administrative organization, Clinton Climate Initiative and the C40 organization, taking necessary measures to reduce global warming on the risks of different cities.”
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Through a partnership of the public and private sectors, Clinton  Climate Initiative promotes environmental protection and supports the Government of Bogota with the implementation of  electrified  public transportation.  At the  end of last year, BYD announced the launch of the first pure electric taxi fleets in Bogota, Colombia, designed to work together with Bogotá, to promote the urban public transportation electrification, relieving urban congestion and improving air quality.  With BYD’s urban public transportation electrification solution, the pure electric bus also received accolades during the Clinton Climate Initiative’s  C40  Bus testing programs. With its excellent energy performance, the BYD electric bus  was been recognized as the  most efficient  bus operationally and environmentally. This third party’s test report was strong evidence for the superiority of BYD electric bus.

About BYD

BYD is ranked #1 at the top of Bloomberg’s and Business Week’s 2009 Tech 100 List 
(http://www.businesswire.com/news/home/20100520006751/en/BYD-Tops-Bloomberg-Bu sinessweek%E2%80%99s-12th-Annual-Tech ) and is the leading manufacturer of advanced, environmentally-friendly battery technologies like the  Iron Phosphate  battery used in BYD  electric vehicles and electric buses. BYD’s solar panels and LED Lighting
systems have CEC, TUV/CE and UL listings, and the company enjoys rapid growth in the consumer electronics space and electrified transportation sector, manufacturing under its BYD brand. BYD is the fastest-growing Chinese automotive and green energy technology enterprise. The company trades on the Hong Kong Stock Exchange (HKSE) under the ticker numbers HK.0285 – BYD Electronics and HK.1211 – BYD Company Ltd., as well as 
on the Shenzhen Stock Exchange under the ticker number 002594 – BYD Company Ltd. For more information, please visit  www.byd.com,  www.facebook.com/bydcompany  or emailpr@byd.com.  

Contacts

In CHINA: 
Sherry Li, BYD 
pr@byd.com 
tel: +86-755-8988-8888

In US:
Micheal Austin, BYD
micheal.austin@byd.com 
tel:  1(800)  BYD-AUTO

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