View Full Version : First Ethanol-run Bus in Thailand

Kanok Karn
30th June 2011, 10:26
The Ministry of Industry has introduced a new bus running on ED95 ethanol instead of diesel with an aim to cut the national consumption of diesel and ensure energy stability in the future.

According to Permanent Secretary for Industry Withoon Simachokdee, the Department of Industrial Promotion has launched a pilot demonstration project on an ethanol-run bus, which is the first of its kind in Thailand and the ASEAN region. The project is in cooperation with King Mongkut’s University of Technology Thonburi, the Energy Policy and Planning Office, the National Metal and Materials Technology Center, the Pollution Control Department, the Bangkok Mass Transit Authority, Petro Green Co, Ltd, Scania Siam Co, Ltd and PTT Plc.

Under the project, the air-conditioned bus runs on ED95 ethanol instead of diesel and is set to provide services on Route 21 between King Mongkut’s University of Technology Thonburi and Siam Square within July. The objectives are to study advantages and technological limitations of the ED95 engine and to encourage the use of ethanol among motorists in place of diesel.

If there are 1,000 ethanol-powered buses traveling a combined distance of 150 kilometers per day, the consumption of ethanol is expected to increase by 100,000 liters per day, whereas the use of diesel would reduce by 60,000 liters per day. As a result, the country would be less reliant on imports of crude oil while environmental impacts would also be lessened.

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