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          EGAT provided 51 electric motorbikes with No.5 power-saving labels to public motorbike taxi riders in Bang Kruai, installed three battery swapping stations, and has developed an “ENGY Rider” application, promoting green transportation to reach carbon neutrality goal.

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         On December 27, 2021, Miss Rachathorn Sa-nguanpong, Bang Kruai District Chief, and Mr. Boonyanit Wongrukmit, Governor of Electricity Generating Authority of Thailand (EGAT), provided 51 electric motorbikes to public motorbike taxi riders in Bang Kruai, at a ceremony held at EGAT Learning Center – Headquarters, Bang Kruai District, Nonthaburi Province.

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         Bang Kruai District Chief said that the electric motorbike taxi service in Bang Kruai District, supported by EGAT, is the first pilot project in Nonthaburi Province, to move towards Bang Kruai Green Community by using green and safe public transportation, in response to the carbon emissions reduction policy of the government. The project includes data collection to analyze the usage in all aspects to support EV promotion in the future. The 51 motorbike taxi riders joining the project were selected by Bang Kruai District from 9 motorbike taxi stands around the district. The District Chief expects that the project will raise the quality of life of the riders, due to lower household expenditure.

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         EGAT Governor revealed that this pilot project is geared up to support EGAT Carbon Neutrality policy, reduce air pollution and PM2.5 from the transport sector, and raise the quality of life for the people. The legally-registered 51 electric motorbikes under the brand “ENGY” are provided to the riders for a 1-year trial. King Mongkut's University of Technology North Bangkok and EGAT will study the riders’ usage behavior; effects on energy, economy, society, community, and environment; and customer satisfaction, before expanding the project to other public transportations nationwide. The ENGY electric motorbike runs with a 3-kW electric motor, capable of a 100-km range per single charge. It has a top speed of 80 km/hour and can carry a weight of over 150 kg. The GPS Tracking, safety control system, and brake override system when kickstand put down are installed to ensure the safety of the riders and passengers.

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         Besides, EGAT installed 3 battery swapping stations with lithium nickel manganese cobalt oxide (NMC) batteries, for a continual service at EGAT Learning Center – Headquarters and two ENGY Bike Service Points in Bang Kruai area. The application “ENGY Rider” has also been developed for user convenience. This application allows the rider to track the battery status in the battery swapping station, driving range, and carbon emissions reduction; while allowing the passengers to see rider information and book a service. It is expected to be ready for download in January 2022.