BANGKOK, Thailand – Thailand’s Ministry of Transport, along with the Bangkok Mass Transit Authority (BMTA) held a ceremony for the beginning of BYD K9 trial operation at Bangkok’s Don Mueang International Airport on February 26, according to a company news release.
The BYD K9, a pure electric bus assembled in Thailand, started the three-month trial operation serving the A1 route between Don Mueang International Airport and Mo Chit Skytrain Station.
Deputy Minister of Transport Ormsin Chivapruck said that this trial operation will test the performance of the BYD K9 and gather relevant data for Thailand’s public transport electrification plans.
After the trial operation, BMTA will start the process of replacing the current 3,183 conventional buses with a tender for 200 pure electric buses.
This is not the first time BYD’s electric buses are deployed to run airport services. Since 2011, BYD’s pure electric buses have been providing both shuttle and airside services chiefly to Los Angeles International Airport and Amsterdam’s Schiphol Airport.
The Don Mueang Airport service is just the beginning of transport electrification in Thailand, with Bangkok now joining the other 190 cities in 43 countries worldwide to benefit from the economic and environmental benefits of BYD’s electrified public transportation solutions.