28 May '12, 9pm

BYD e6 taxi catches fire in China after crash caused by drunk Nissan GT-R driver

BYD e6 taxi catches fire in China after crash caused by drunk Nissan GT-R driver

Yes, we know that so many gasoline-powered vehicles catch fire every day that only the most local of news reports bother to report on what happened nearby. Still, electric vehicles come under a magnified lens, which is why reports of a BYD E6 taxi catching fire in Shenzhen, China caught our eye. BYD has been running all-electric E6s as taxis in Shenzhen since early 2010 , which means there have been over two years of fire-less operations (as far as we know). Apparently, though, on 26 May three people riding in an E6 cab, including the driver, were killed in an accident. China Auto Web calls it "China's first fatal crash involving a high-speed pure-electric car" and notes that Shenzhen traffic police say that a drunk driver crashed a Nissan GT-R traveling at 112 miles per hour into the e6, which quickly caught fire then smashed into a third car, a gas-powered cab. The drunk...

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