Blue Bird Taxi's EV Fleet Uses Tesla Model X and BYD

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  • Silver Bird's Tesla Model X 75D. TEMPO/Eko Ari Wibowo

    Silver Bird's Tesla Model X 75D. TEMPO/Eko Ari Wibowo

    TEMPO.CO, Jakarta - One of Indonesia’s renowned taxi companies, Blue Bird, launched its electric vehicle (EV) fleet today that will be available for service starting May 2019. The company’s high-end service Silver Bird will utilize the Tesla Model X 75D while the more-common Blue Bird fleet uses the BYD 96.

    “We’re still waiting for the preparation of the application,” said Tono Kahono, one of the Silver Bird drivers.

    Blue Bird has operated 25 BYD units and 4 Tesla cars that will serve the company’s vision in operating vehicles that are environmentally-friendly. 

    Read: Blue Bird Offers Free Services to Compensate for Violent Protest

    As of their tariffs, Blue Bird director Adrianto Djokosoetono said they will remain the same as the existing Blue Bird and Silver Bird tariffs. He also mentioned that the company’s costly expenses on the purchase of the vehicles was balanced with the 40 percent discount on charging the electricity for its fleet.

    The cost of riding in a Tesla Silver Bird will be exactly the same as the current tariff for Silver Bird’s Alphard vehicle units. “The initial cost of entering the car is Rp17,000, while the following tariff per kilometer is set at Rp9,000,” said Tono.

    EKO ARI WIBOWO