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11.3.15

BUSES PURCHASE * Thailand: Prajin eyes electric vehicle alternative

* Bangkok - NGV bus fleet plan faces new delays

-- Bangkok might be better off buying electric buses and scrapping its long-awaited NGV-fuelled bus purchase plan, says Transport Minister, Prajin Juntong... He called on Monday for a study on alternative fuels amid rising gas prices. The plan threatens to delay the city's plan to buy 2,694 city buses, which was set to kick into gear next month... However, the ministry will still go ahead with the bidding process for the first batch of 489 NGV-run buses... The plan to procure electric buses was still at the idea stage but might be worth a look as gas prices keep rising, ACM Prajin said... Transport officials, especially the Bangkok Mass Transit Authority, which runs city buses, must review the plan to buy natural gas-fuelled (NGV) buses, as it faces several hurdles... 
(Photo: NGV buses on Bangkok's streets) -  Bangkok,Thailand - The Bangkok Post - 3 Mar 2015

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