EGAT launched electric motorbike taxis and boats to support electric vehicle use for public transportation with an aim to reduce air pollution and PM2.5 as well as connect transportation points among wheels, rails, and boats, in accordance with the Government’s One Transport Policy.
Kulit Sombatsiri, Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Energy as the Chairman of EGAT Board of Directors presided over the opening ceremony of “Electric Transportation of EGAT,” which showcased EGAT electric vehicle innovations and released electric motorbikes and prototype boats. The event was also joined by Mr. Viboon Rerksirathai, EGAT Governors; EGAT senior executives; and representatives of related agencies at EGAT Learning Center, EGAT Headquarters, Nonthaburi Province.
The EGAT Governor said that EGAT recognizes the importance of electric vehicle development in the public transportation to improve the quality of life as well as reduce air pollution and PM2.5 released in transportation sector. In this year, EGAT planned to launch 51 electric motorbike taxis that can run 100 km in a single charge with the highest speed of more than 80 km/hour. The electric motorbike taxis will be equipped with GPS system to ensure safety standard and passengers’ confidence. The motorbike taxi drivers can replace batteries at EGAT Learning Center, EGAT Headquarters in Nonthaburi Province. It is expected that the service will have been available by the end of 2020.
Moreover, EGAT has developed 2 electric boats which run by electric power from 214 kW-hour lithium-ion batteries, with the speed not less than 10 knots and distance of 60 km in a single charge. The air conditioner system in the passenger rooms has been designed to use electric power from solar cells installed on the roofs. Each boat can carry 80 passengers in total. For the first phase, their cruising is tested to assess their performance by using them for EGAT mission before expanded for public use in the future to connect the transportation points of “wheels, rails, and boats.” Meanwhile, installation of charging stations for electric boats is in the process.
For electric vehicle development, EGAT and National Science and Technology Development Agency has jointly developed EV Kit to modify old cars to be electric vehicles that can run 200 km in a single charge with the highest speed of more than 160 km/hour. The expense cost for modification, excluding battery, is 200,000 baht. Presently, training and knowledge dissemination for manufacturers is prepared. This includes modifying Bangkok Mass Transit Authority’s old buses to be air-conditioned electric buses that run 100-250 km in a single charge with the highest speed more than 60 km/hour. They can serve at least 80 passengers and will be tested for an actual route of Thanamnon – Bang Khen Bus Terminal (543kor bus route).
EGAT has determinedly sought new knowledge to advance electric vehicle technology, including modification kit, battery, or other related spare parts, to drive Thailand to be the production hub of electric vehicles in ASEAN. Meanwhile, Thai people can access electric vehicles more widely.