KWAITHONG MOTOR TO PENETRATE THE THAI ELECTRIC BUS MARKET
Kwaithong Motor from Thailand has launched an electric bus, with big plans to penetrate the Thai local electric-bus market. Company president Sak Korsaengruang said Kwaithong Motor had been closely studying the EV market and had concluded there was huge future growth opportunity in the segment.
The Kwaithong electric bus features lithium-titanate battery technology.The batteries are manufactured in the US by Hybrid Kinetic Group, a pioneer in the design, research, development and manufacture of zero-emission electric vehicles, according to Kwaithong officials.
One of the benefits of the 116kWh/600V lithium-titanate battery is the short charging time – with a quick charge completed in 10 to 15 minutes – which means that top-up charging allows the bus to run multiple rounds in a day.
The battery also has a high charging capacity, lasts over 10 years – or about 35,000 recharge cycles – and has been tested for safety. The powertrain consists of permanent magnet electric motors with maximum power at 200kW, or 268 horsepower.The Kwaithong electric bus is 12 metres long, 2.53m wide and 3.34m high, and can accommodate 80 passengers. Kwaitong claims assistance from MAN during the development of the bus. The Kwaithong bus body is built with a monocoque structure from high-strength steel.
Kwaithong Motor has already signed a contract with bus operator Wangkanchanakij to supply 200 electric buses, giving it a head start in the Thai market.