The Bangkok Metropolitan Authority recently placed an electric commuter ferry into service, with an electric drive system from Torqeedo.
Thailand’s Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha attended the launch ceremony, traveling by skytrain, subway and foot through Bangkok’s crowded streets before ending his mixed-mode commute with a trip aboard the emission-free passenger ferry.
The 47.5-ft fiberglass vessel was repowered by MariArt Shipyard, which replaced the existing 205 hp diesel engine with twin Torqeedo Cruise 10 kW electric outboards, each with six Torqeedo lithium battery banks and two fast chargers.
The 40-passenger ferry will operate on a five-kilometer daily route between Hua Lampjong and Thewes Pier.
“This is an important achievement for the city of Bangkok and a key part of our Thailand 4.0 Smart City vision for an integrated clean, green public transportation system including bus, rail and waterways,” said Dr. Ekarin Vasanasong, Deputy Managing Director of ferry operator KT BMA. “Based on the success of the first Torqeedo-powered electric ferry, we expect to repower more vessels in the fleet with battery-electric drives in the coming months.”
“Switching from diesel to electric power eliminates fuel costs, reduces air and water pollution and creates greater passenger satisfaction with a smooth quiet ride and no diesel fumes on deck,” said David Hunter, Managing Director of Torqeedo Asia Pacific.