BYD Motors Partners with Transportation App Company Opoli
July 24, 2015—Transportation app company Opoli Technologies announced its new partnership today with BYD Motors Inc. The two companies will work together to reduce traffic congestion through ridesharing in San Diego.
BYD will provide 50 of their zero-emissions e6 EVs to the Opoli fleet as part of a green initiative.
The all-electric crossover SUV from BYD will join Opoli’s natural gas airport shuttles late summer in an effort to decrease emissions. The e6 is ideal for drivers and fleet operations with a range that exceeds 180 miles on full charge. Opoli in San Diego will join other major cities such as New York, San Francisco and Chicago, to use the battery-electric crossover SUV in taxi and municipal fleets.
"At Opoli we continue to seek out and provide an affordable solution to the transportation problems that plague metropolitan areas," said Rattan Joea, founder and CEO of Opoli Technologies. "Teaming up with BYD provides riders not only cost-effective solutions, but a green alternative in San Diego. We want to bring viable share-ride experiences to the commuting community. Riders would have fastest Wi-Fi available in the vehicles, along with other perks, to make the most of their commutes."
The e6 is one of the world’s most popular fleet-utility electric vehicles and has been incorporated in fleets in cities all over the globe. A team of over 15,000 BYD engineers have developed the advanced technology needed to create environmentally-friendly, BYD Iron-Phosphate batteries, in-wheel hub motors and regenerative braking systems. The break-through battery is fire-safe and completely recyclable.
"BYD is very excited to be partnering with Opoli Technologies," said Stella Li, BYD Motors president. "Our company was built on innovation, and unlike most auto manufacturers we are excited for the future of the shared-use economy and pioneers such as Opoli. We are proud to be working with another California company in creating jobs, cleaning the air and leading the way."
The partnership announcement comes weeks after Opoli launched services in the San Diego area, including the first rideshare service permitted at the San Diego National Airport