Swampy To Add 101 Electric Taxis

Published on 17th August 2018 by Stickboy BKK

Swampy To Add 101 Electric Taxis

Bangkok’s main airport will introduce 101 electric taxis next month along with a premium fare.

The Land Transport Department said all the new Chinese-built taxis will go into service at Suvarnabhumi International by Sept. 9 with plans to increase their number to 1,000 by the end of next year.

Going green will cost you, however, as the base fare will be 150 baht – versus 35 baht plus a 50-baht surcharge for conventional taxis – with each kilometer after the third costing an additional 16 baht.

That translates to a fare of about 435 baht from the airport to the Asoke area. A 5% discount will be available for an unspecified introductory period.

Swampy To Add 101 Electric Taxis

The eco-taxis will be equipped with entertainment tablets for the hours stuck in traffic and GPS trackers to find that driver who leaves you on the highway on-ramp. The taxis can be booked at a service counter inside the airport for via the DLT’s taxi-hailing app.

Thailand has had a dismal record in adopting electric and hybrid vehicles and an even worse one in opening charging stations. Those 101 taxis will have only 30 places in Bangkok where they can plug in.

Fewer than 10,000 of the 2.9 million vehicles purchased in 2016 were hybrid or battery-powered and even by last September there were only 16 public charging stations in the entire kingdom.

The EV Society will oversees the Suvarnabhumi taxi service after investing 2 billion baht in the project. All the cars are BYD E6s manufactured by China’s BYD.

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