A sign of greener times to come?

A fleet of electric taxis is set to launch in Bangkok on Sep 9, according to the Department of Land Transport’s (DLT) director-general, Sanit Phromwong.

In an effort to promote renewable energy, the DLT has teamed up with Chinese automaker, BYD Auto Co Ltd, and Rizen Energy Co Ltd to release 101 electric taxis as part of its Taxi VIP project, with hopes to increase the number to 1,000 in the coming year.

According to Bangkok Post, the BYD E6 taxis will be equipped with technology including GPS trackers and entertainment tablets. They will be available for service at a counter on the first floor of Suvarnabhumi Airport, as well as on the DLT’s taxi hailing app, Taxi OK, and via the call center on 02-039-8888.

The starting fare will be B150 for the first two kilometers, rising by B16 per kilometer thereafter, with accepted payment methods including cash, credit/debit card, Rabbit Line Pay, WeChat and Alipay. According to Sanit, a 5 percent discount will be available in the early stages of the service and there will be 30 charging stations available across Bangkok.