Sun Taxi Joint Stock Company on Thursday entered into a deal with Vietnamese carmaker VinFast to order 3,000 VF 5 Plus electric cars to offer taxi services using electric vehicles (EVs), aside from the former’s current fleet of fuel-powered units.
The move is part of Sun Taxi’s strategy on green transition, business expansion, and service quality enhancement, thereby promoting the switch to green transport and supporting Vietnam’s ambitious goal of achieving net zero emissions by 2050.
Sun Taxi plans to first launch electric taxi services in some central and Central Highlands provinces and cities in the country such as Quang Binh, Hue, Quang Ngai, Binh Dinh, Phu Yen, Gia Lai, and Kon Tum.
By 2025, the company will offer the services using all 3,000 VinFast EVs across the country.
Nguyen Duy Hung, board chairman of Sun Taxi, said EV adoption is an ongoing global trend, of which Vietnamese businesses should not stand outside.
The taxi service provider, which has many years operating in the industry, also discovered that electric vehicles have the edge over those running on fossil fuels.
The adoption of EVs helps optimize the number of personnel, enable drivers to drive safely and conveniently, and save maintenance costs.
EVs are also noiseless, smell-free, and emission-free, Hung added.
Tran Le Phuong, vice-general director at VinFast Vietnam, a subsidiary of major Vietnamese private conglomerate Vingroup, said the deal showed a positive sign that more local transport operators are switching to using EVs.
VinFast will continue to set up EV charging points throughout the country to offer better services to its customers, Phuong said.
The carmaker looks to install 150,000 EV chargers across all 63 provinces and cities in Vietnam, as well as offers multiple after-sales services to its customers.
As for Sun Taxi, which entered the local taxi market in late 2013, it offers taxi services in 17 provinces and cities using a fleet of 2,900 cars.