Thai Smile Bus to add more than 1,000 electric buses to its fleet
Thai Smile Bus (TSB) wants to increase its fleet of electric buses. According to media reports, the public transport operator wants to add 1,083 EVs by the end of 2023, bringing its fleet up to 3,100 electric and 483 natural gas buses. According to media reports, the private bus operator added nearly 800 new electric buses to its fleet in the current year.
There is no mention of the technical details of the type of buses already in service, nor if the same manufacture will deliver the now announced 1,000 units. But, with its expansion plans, the bus operator supports the Thai government’s plan to increase the number of electric buses in the Bangkok metropolitan area to 8,000 by 2025.
The Bangkok Mass Transit Authority (BMTA) and the state-owned Transport Co. alone have set the goal of replacing all diesel buses with electric buses by 2025. BMTA is currently responsible for about 3,000 buses on more than 100 routes.