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Grab Tuk Tuk Electric launches in Chiang Mai, a Southeast Asia first

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Grab Tuk Tuk Electric launches in Chiang Mai, a Southeast Asia first

By The Nation

 

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Grab has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with partners from both government and private sector organisations to establish the Chiang Mai Smart Mobility Alliance Network. This public-private partnership aims to reduce the use of private vehicles in Chiang Mai by 35 per cent in five years’ time, contributing to a less-polluted, less-congested Chiang Mai city.

 

The goal is to replace 450 LPG Tuk Tuks with electric Tuk Tuks within this year, according to a Wednesday press release.

 

As part of its partnership commitment to bring about cleaner, safer and more efficient mobility solutions for Thais, Grab has launched SEA’s first GrabTukTuk Electric to allow locals and tourists to easily book transport through the Grab app.

 

The new service will also create better income-earning opportunities for GrabTukTuk Electric driver-partners as they enjoy up to 80 per cent additional savings in fuel costs. A LPG Tuk Tuk driver incurs total monthly fuel expenses of Bt6,000, compared to the Bt1,400 monthly cost of charging an electric TukTuk.

 

Drivers can also benefit from higher user demand for TukTuk services due to the convenience of booking through a mobile phone.

 

The GrabTukTuk Electric service will complement the existing wide range of on-demand services that Grab has been offering to locals and tourists in Chiang Mai, including JustGrab, Grab RodDaeng and GrabFood.

 

With the electrification of TukTuks in Chiang Mai as its start, Grab aims to drive the adoption of more electric transportation options in Thailand and support the Thai government’s efforts to drive a smarter and more sustainable mobility future for all Thais. 

 

Grab will share insights on reduced carbon footprint resulting from the adoption of GrabTukTuk Electric service in Chiang Mai, and support the local government in their efforts to reduce the reliance on private vehicle ownership and drive the use of public transportation across the country. Based on statistics from the Energy Conservation Laboratory (EnConLab), KMUTT, one electric Tuk Tuk is estimated to reduce the emission of greenhouse gas by up to 4.18 tonnes per year. 

 

The network was hailed by the deputy governor of Chiang Mai,

 

Wirun Panthewee. “As one of Thailand’s pilot smart cities, Chiang Mai has initiated several projects aimed at transforming city management in all spheres in response to the Smart City vision,” said Wirun. “Over the past year, we have improved the infrastructure in the Nimmanhaemin area under the Smart Nimman project where the development of transportation has been our top priority, so as to increase the efficiency of public transportation, reduce air pollution, elevate the quality of life for the people and move towards Smart Mobility.

 

“The Chiang Mai Smart Mobility Alliance Network will thus be key to unlocking the full potential of both the public and private sectors to drive Chiang Mai forward and become one of the first smart cities in Thailand.” 

 

The country head for Grab Thailand, Tarin Thaniyavarn, said, “We are committed to invest in the smart mobility future of Thailand and bring about cleaner, safer and more efficient mobility solutions for Thais. In partnership with the Chiang Mai government and industry partners, we want to actively contribute towards Chiang Mai Smart Mobility Alliance Network’s goal of a less-polluted and less-congested Chiang Mai city.

 

“With today’s launch of GrabTukTuk Electric in Chiang Mai – a first in Southeast Asia, we are not only making it easier for locals and tourists to book this well-loved public transportation mode through one Grab app, but also driving the adoption of electric transportation options in Thailand,” he said.

 

Source: http://www.nationmultimedia.com/detail/breakingnews/30370583

 

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A good first step toward clearing the air in Chiang Mai.

Hope it's not derailed by the transportation mafia here.

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1 hour ago, webfact said:

The goal is to replace 450 LPG Tuk Tuks with electric Tuk Tuks within this year

Wouldn't it make more sense to replace the black smoke belching diesel pickups aka rot daeng?

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Great start and great project. Hopefully they are "allowed" to do it and not hindered by the mafia.

If it is successful, maybe they can replace the red trucks in the future too.

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33 minutes ago, jackdd said:

Wouldn't it make more sense to replace the black smoke belching diesel pickups aka rot daeng?

You beat me to that quote. 100% agree with you.

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Wonder if they will run on the variable tariff the off peak Thai and the very juicy farang🤔

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1 hour ago, jackdd said:

Wouldn't it make more sense to replace the black smoke belching diesel pickups aka rot daeng?

As far as I know the Blue pick-up truck ( songtaew )  in Pattaya Cty have to be 10 years old or less. 

 

This would be a good start in Chiangmai to take the 15-20 years old polluting <Rot Daeng >off the road.

 

Taxi also  have limited age for the car! Why there seem no rule in Chiangmai ?

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Great news that the Grab app can be used... The reason I never go near these guys is that you can never know what the price is until you arrive at your destination and find out what mood the driver is in... With Grab you know the price before you get in...

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Electric tuk-tuks have been in use in New Delhi, India for years now, so I fail to understand the headline of "Southeast Asia's first". Maybe first for Grab, but not the first in SE Asia.

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Anyone want to buy a Service Station ( Petrol pump)

going cheap....cheap. 

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4 hours ago, captpkapoor said:

Electric tuk-tuks have been in use in New Delhi, India for years now, so I fail to understand the headline of "Southeast Asia's first". Maybe first for Grab, but not the first in SE Asia.

India is not in SE Asia. There are electric tuk tuks in Delhi but it hardly does anything for the air there. Saying that, I can't begin to imagine what it'd be like if there zero electric vehicles there. 

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7 hours ago, captpkapoor said:

Electric tuk-tuks have been in use in New Delhi, India for years now, so I fail to understand the headline of "Southeast Asia's first". Maybe first for Grab, but not the first in SE Asia.

Generally, India (and Pakistan, Nepal, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka and I am possibly forgetting a few) form South Asia, distinct from SE.

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The electric Grab vehicles aren't much use if you are not allowed to use them at transportation hubs (as in Arcade Bus Station shown here), since they are "illegal." 

 

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3 hours ago, Trujillo said:

The electric Grab vehicles aren't much use if you are not allowed to use them at transportation hubs (as in Arcade Bus Station shown here), since they are "illegal."

Just GrabCar is considered to be illegal (and the sign only mentions GrabCar, not for example GrabTaxi), because the private drivers offering GrabCar operate without a license. GrabETukTuk will probably be licensed by the government, same as the current Tuk Tuks, and thus it can be used everywhere legally through the Grab app.

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That's nice on paper, but do you think the bus station and airport taxi/songtao mobs will say, "Oh, that's fine. We're all for this!"

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