11 electric buses will travel two Bangkok routes as part of a pilot project
BANGKOK (The Nation / Asia News Network): Eleven electric buses from Electric Vehicles Thailand Plc (EVT) will offer free rides to Bangkok commuters on two routes: Din Daeng-BTS Sanampao and Rom Klao-Airport Link Lat Krabang.
“The two routes are part of a pilot project to build a comprehensive network of buses that use 100 percent electricity,” EVT chief executive Nuchanat Wasurat said on Tuesday (January 11th).
“The company was selected by the Bangkok Metropolitan Administration [BMA] for the project, which aims to increase the use of electric vehicles and reduce air pollution in the city, ”she said.
“We plan to sign a contract with the BMA soon and estimate that the project will start in mid-2022,” Nuchanat said.
“The Din Daeng line will have six buses while the Rom Klao line will have five. Each bus can carry 20 passengers and the fare will be free during the pilot phase, ”she said.
The Din Daeng route connects the Din Daeng District Office to Bangkok City Hall 2, Veterans General Hospital, and Sanampao BTS Station before returning to the Din Daeng District Office.
The Rom Klao route goes from the Rom Klao Housing Community to the Queen Sirikit 60th Birthday Garden and Lat Krabang Airport before returning to the Housing Community.
“If the pilot project is successful, we expect to see more electric bus lines connecting Bangkok stations such as the Green, Red and Pink lines to provide a seamless network of public transport powered only by electricity,” a- she added.