The Ho Chi Minh City Department of Transport has put forward a plan to switch to electric buses in the city’s outlying district of Can Gio to cut carbon dioxide emissions.
The plan is part of the city’s emissions reduction and transport management strategy in the coming years, according to a recent conclusion made by Tran Quang Lam, director of the municipal department.
The municipal department asked relevant units to review the advantages and strength of electric vehicles and compare them to cars powered by other green energy forms such as compressed natural gas (CNG) and liquefied petroleum gas (LPG).
These agencies were told to weigh up the prices and maintenance costs of electric buses and assess the emissions from them as well as their charging speed and lifespan.
After seeing growth prospects of electric vehicles, the agencies will propose a road map to develop such electric vehicles, alongside suitable mechanisms and effective electrification steps.
From now until 2025, city authorities will put in place a pilot program for a shift to electric vehicles in some districts such as Can Gio.
In addition, the city will expand its pilot program for electric vehicle transition to many venues with high gas emissions like Tan Son Nhat International Airport.
The director of the municipal department wants a symposium on electric vehicle transition to be held in early April, with the participation of local automakers and experts.
The Ho Chi Minh Management Center of Public Transport was assigned to complete a project to switch to a green bus service and implement it to ensure the transition can go smoothly.
The plan will help cut carbon dioxide and methane emissions from the transport industry. As such, the city targets at least 50 percent of buses fueled by green energy by 2030.
The center will join hands with auto testing centers affiliated with the department to check carbon dioxide emissions from operational buses in the third quarter of 2023.
Besides, the municipal department will propose the Ho Chi Minh People’s Committee deploy a campaign to inspect and handle expired long-haul buses and cars in the third quarter of this year.