A contract was signed on Tuesday between Kwai Thong Motors Company and Hybrid Kinetic Group for the launch of electric buses in Thailand.
Kwai Thong Motors chairman Sak Korsaengruang said that the company saw good prospect for electric buses in Thailand because they are environment friendly and they save energy.
He said that the buses would be locally assembled with Thai technology while the rechargeable lithium titanate battery which is to be used to power the buses are products from US-based Hybrid Kinetic Group which is specialized in research and development in products associated with automobiles.
Kwai Thong Motors CEO Chang Kwaithong said the company would receive the first lot of batteries within three months.
Each lithium battery has a cycle life of 12 years or 35,000 recharges. The rechargeable time ranges between 10-15 minutes compared to 5-6 hours needed for recharging a normal battery. Each recharge will enable a bus to run for a distance of 50 km and is suitable for short-haul service.
Kwai Thong Motors is hopeful that it will be able to sell the electric buses to Bangkok Mass Transit Authority, the city bus operator.
Source: Thai Public Broadcasting Service (Thai PBS)