As part of its 161-year anniversary, the Marine Department is launching the country’s first electric ferry – the BanpuNext e-Ferry – as part of efforts to cut down on pollution.

It will soon start trial runs in Phuket and have a fleet of solar-powered boats running by 2021.

“By 2021, there should be up to 30 ferries providing service in the first phase before it expands to 200 ferries in three to four years. The e-ferry is cost-effective because it is made of aluminium and with lower fuel and maintenance cost, the fares will also be cheaper,” the Marine Department’s director general Wittaya Yamuang said.


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