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Bangkok puts its first electric bus on the road

Electric coaches like this may replace the traffic-clogged city’s 3,000 diesel-powered buses. (National News Bureau of Thailand)

Despite an impressive ”Sky Train” metro and airport rail link to the city, the traffic in Bangkok is an endless cacophony of noise, fumes and gridlock.

But a little-noticed announcement by the National News Bureau of Thailand on the debut of an electric bus promises to change the equation.

The low-emission coach runs from the campus of King Mongkut’s Institute of Technology Ladkrabang to the Ladkrabang Airport Link. It is the city’s first electric-powered bus. But here’s the essential part: “The pilot program may one day see the prototype replace [the city’s] buses,” the news service says. That could mean the replacement of 3,000 diesel-powered buses from Bangkok’s roads.

The ultramodern electric bus boasts some homegrown technological expertise. It was designed by the institute and can travel 250 kilometers (155 miles) on a charge, reaching a speed of up to 70 kilometers per hour (43 miles per hour). Riders can track its whereabouts via GPS technology. 

National News Bureau of Thailand

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