Thailand has debuted the country’s first electric passenger boat, which will serve customers along Bangkok’s Phadung Krung Kasem canal for free until the end of the year.
At the beginning of this month, transport companies Krungthep Thanakom Co. Ltd. and Mariat Thailand unveiled what they say is a solution to noise and odor pollution on the capital’s waterways.
Instead of the typical diesel motor, the boat uses the German Torqeedo’s Cruise 10.0 RXL electric motor, which will eliminate oil use, reported Amarin TV.
This first model will operate as the tester for one year.
It will stop along 11 ports on Phadung Krung Kasem canal, starting at the Hua Lamphong train station pier and ending at the Wat Devaraj Kunchorn pier, according to Workpoint.
The service, which kicked off last week, will allow passengers to ride for free every day from 6am until 8pm to the end of the year.