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MEA launches campaign for use of electric tuk-tuks in tourism

Jul 16. 2020
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By THE NATION

The Metropolitan Electricity Authority (MEA) has joined hands with Electric Vehicle Association of Thailand (EVAT) to promote the use of electric tuk-tuks in tourism businesses.

MEA deputy director Wilas Chaloeysat and EVAT president Krisada Uttamote on Wednesday (July 15) jointly presided over the opening ceremony of “Change Tuk-Tuks to New Normal” campaign at MEA Head Office in Bangkok’s Khlong Toei district.

The campaign aims to promote the use of electric tuk-tuks to reduce environmental impact, especially in tourism businesses, after the government has eased lockdown measures.

“Tuk-tuks are an iconic vehicle of Thailand that could help promote a positive image among domestic and foreign tourists,” said Wias. “To comply with the new normal standard, the MEA has supported 150 sets of clear canvass to help prevent passengers from catching Covid-19 virus while enjoying city views in tuk-tuks that run in crowded neighbourhoods such as Sukhumvit, Na Na, Khlong Toei and Sanam Luang.”

Meanwhile, EVAT will provide technical knowledge to tuk-tuk drivers participating in the programme on how to switch from an LPG-powered engine to an electrical one as well as the environmental benefits of using electric vehicles.

This campaign is part of MEA’s mission to promote the use of electric vehicles for both personal and business uses to ensure sustainable energy consumption in the metropolitan areas, the authority said.

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