At a recent press conference, GrabTaxi announced the forthcoming addition of electric tuk-tuks to ride hailing options in the Northern Thailand city of Chiang Mai. Nakorn Lanna Cooperative is set to buy a fleet of 450 of the eco-friendly, three-wheeler vehicles and has formed a partnership with Grab to offer customers exclusive access to online reservations.
A Nakorn Lanna representative explained that the new electric tuk-tuks would be arriving over the course of the next year and would be replacing the LPG version currently used in Chiang Mai. The representative noted that the electric tuk-tuks would be a win-win for both the environment and drivers. A survey found the average monthly operating cost of THB6,000 for LPG would be slashed to THB1,400 for the electric edition.
Tarin Thaniyavarn is the director for Grab Thailand. He said the reservation service for electric tuk-tuks in Chiang Mai would be the first in the Southeast Asia region. He continued by saying it would likely spearhead the drive towards wholesale use of EVs in Chiang Mai and the country as a whole.
GrabTaxi is one of a range of travel options available to Chiang Mai visitors. Travellers just need to have the app downloaded on their smart phones and internet connectivity to book a ride to wherever they want to go in the city and surrounding districts. A link to download the Grab app is here while The What’s Up Guide to How to Get Around Chiang Mai is linked here.