The Bangkok Metropolitan Authority (BMA) has
launched Thailand’s first all-electric commuter ferry.

The 47.5-ft fiberglass vessel was repowered by MariArt Shipyard, replacing the existing 205hp diesel engine with
twin Torqeedo Cruise 10 kW electric outboards, each with six
Torqeedo lithium battery banks and two fast chargers.

 The 40-passenger vessel is part of a fleet
of ferries operated by BMA’s Enterprise Krungthep Thanakom Company
(KT BMA) and operates on a five-kilometer route daily between Hua
Lampjong and Thewes Pier.


The Bangkok Metropolitan Authority (BMA) has launched Thailand’s first all-electric commuter ferry. The 47.5-ft fiberglass vessel was repowered by MariArt Shipyard, replacing the existing 205hp diesel engine with twin Torqeedo Cruise 10 kW electric outboards, each with six Torqeedo lithium battery banks and two fast chargers. Click to enlarge.

“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 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.”

David Hunter, managing director of Torqeedo Asia
Pacific Ltd, said, “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. Many thanks to the splendid
engineering team at MariArt Shipyard, who carried out the repower
project quickly, efficiently and professionally.”

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