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Hanoi considers putting electric buses into service

Tuesday, September 08, 2020, 16:21 GMT+7
Hanoi considers putting electric buses into service
This undated file photo shows the production plant of VinFast in Hai Phong City, northern Vietnam. Photo: B. Chi / Tuoi Tre

Hanoi is mapping out measures to develop ten electric bus routes operated by Vietnamese multi-sector conglomerate Vingroup.

In particular, the Hanoi Department of Finance has been asked to study the municipal Department of Transport’s proposal to invest in and launch government-subsidized electric buses in the capital city.

According to the transport department’s plan, ten new green-energy bus routes will be operated by Vingroup’s passenger transportation establishment VinBus, using from 150 to 200 electric buses manufactured by the conglomerate’s automaker VinFast.

The electric bus routes are meant to contribute to the construction of a civilized and modern public transport system, reducing air and noise pollution in Hanoi.

The bus operation will be carried out on an order-supply basis, where Vingroup will act as a temporary supplier of the electric bus service to the order of the Hanoi People’s Committee.

Vingroup will invest in a smart bus management and operation center, technical station and battery charging station networks, and overnight parking stations for the electric bus system.

The conglomerate is currently working with the Vietnam Register to ensure that the electric buses fully meet technical standards and requirements of environmental protection, in accordance with current regulations.

Meanwhile, VinBus has prepared managing personnel, drivers, and ticket sale assistants to put the bus routes into operation as soon as it gets the permission from the municipal People’s Committee.

The committee in May submitted a proposal to the central government that would allow it to approve public service product sectors that Vietnam has not yet regulated in their economic-technical norms and unit prices, including the electric bus routes to be run by VinBus.

Accordingly, the committee is responsible for calculating temporary unit prices for the new bus routes and adjusting the rates when the national government promulgates official economic-technical norms for the service.

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