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Indonesia taxi king adds Tesla and BYD electric cars to fleet

Blue Bird challenges Go-Jek and Grab for environmentally conscious riders

Blue Bird will use the Tesla Model X sport utility vehicle, pictured here at the company's Jakarta headquarters, for premium taxi service. (Photo by Jun Suzuki)

JAKARTA -- Top Indonesian taxi company Blue Bird Group Holding will add electric vehicles from Tesla and China's BYD to its fleet, becoming the Southeast Asian country's first cab operator to offer the zero-emissions rides.

Starting this May, Blue Bird will deploy five Tesla Model X premium sport utility vehicles within greater Jakarta as well as 25 BYD e6 crossovers, the taxi group said on Monday.

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