For those of you who brave Bangkok’s extensive waterways on your daily commute, here’s some good news. According to Bangkok Post, at the end of last month, the Bangkok Metropolitan Administration (BMA) officially gave the green-light for electric boats to service Khlong Phadung Krung Kasem in the Old Town.
The idea of electric boats was floated almost a year ago by the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) as a way to alleviate pollution, though the environmental factor isn’t the only benefit. The new boats are set to be a huge time-saver for Bangkokians, slashing waiting times in half. They will reportedly be in service as early as November, initially free of charge. After three months, tickets will be charged at a similar rate to the current diesel boats.