The steady global spread of e-buses is one of the most exciting success stories on the e-mobility front. The latest news comes from Vietnam, where Chinese charging powerhouse Star Charge has partnered with VinBus, a subsidiary of Vietnamese conglomerate VinGroup, to launch fleets of electric buses in several cities.
VinBus plans to operate a total of 150-200 electric buses in Hanoi, Ho Chi Minh City, and Phu Quoc. Star Charge will provide smart charging technology, including a peak load management system incorporating energy storage.
The buses will be manufactured by VinFast, another subsidiary of the Group. Each will have a battery capacity of up to 281 kWh, a charging time of 2 hours and an operating range of 220-260 km.
Last year, VinBus announced a plan to launch a fleet of 3,000 electric buses in March of this year, but apparently the COVID-19 crisis caused the timeline to be pushed back.
Thanh Nguyen, Deputy CEO of VinBus, said his company is happy to be working with Star Charge. “To fulfil the requirement of our bus, VinBus is looking for a scalable and easy-to-install charging station. We also want to be ensured the highest levels of safety and reliability.”