By THE NATION
“We hope that the MoU that we signed with BMTA will promote the cooperation for the development of energy-related technology that improves the life of people in metropolitan areas, as well as help driving BMTA to be an energy-efficient organisation,” said MEA governor Keerapat Jiamset.
The charging stations will use solar energy and a Smart Parking system to schedule bus-charging time efficiently.
The two agencies will also be fixing solar panels on public infrastructure and bus stops, implementing a smart street-lighting system with energy-efficient LED bulbs controlled by artificial intelligence, and installing coronavirus-killing lightbulbs on BMTA buses.
Transport Minister Saksayam Chidchob has set a target for the BMTA to gradually replace gasoline-powered buses with electrical buses. The e-buses must be either manufactured domestically or use 50 per cent domestically made parts, in order to promote the country’s e-vehicle manufacturing industry.