The HCM City Department of Transport has suggested a project to pilot five electric bus routes for one year.
Under the project to be invested by Vingroup, five electric bus routes will start from Vinhome Grand Park to Tan Son Nhat International Airport, Saigon Bus Station, Mien Dong Station, the HCM City National University's urban area and Emart Shopping Centre.
An electric bus of Vingroup
Up to 77 buses will be used for the routes. Each can accommodate 65-70 people and has the investment of VND6.5 billion (USD282,608).
The subsidised ticket prices would be from VND5,000-7,000, depending on different routes. Students would enjoy the price of VND3,000.
According to the Department of Transport, electric buses will help to reduce the city’s air pollution.
The five routes mainly link new urban areas with public places so their operations would have a minor effect on current bus routes.
The Department of Transport has also proposed the subsidy the five routes during the pilot. The subsidy accounts for 44.1% out of the routes' total operation costs.
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