Thailand to have electric buses!

The Bangkok Mass Transit Authority recently began a trial run of its electric bus which operated free of charge from June 2, 2015 on two routes from Victory Monument to Chatuchak to test the bus’s operation and services. The bus is imported from China by Loxley PCL. 

  • How do electric buses run? What are the pros and cons?
    The electric bus which are currently on trial run are battery-powered, requiring up to five hours to charge. The operating cost is approximately 4-5 baht per kilometer. Battery life is more than 10 years and can power the bus for 250-300 kilometers at the maximum speed of 70 kilometers per hour.
  • The pilot bus has a seating capacity of 29 seats and have ramp access for disabled passengers. Safety features prevent overheating and short circuits. 
    The pros: lower maintenance costs, enhanced cost-effectiveness over the long run, powered by clean energy, helping to reduce air pollution in Bangkok
    The cons: the cost of the bus is approximately 2-3 times more than that of diesel and NGV buses. 
  • When will we get to use it?
    Even though electric buses have their advantages, there are concerns about whether they are appropriate for the traffic-congested roads of Bangkok, driving on steep inclines or over bridges as the buses are low. BMTA will weigh out the pros and the cons, before deciding whether or not to proceed with the eco-friendly buses. 

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