Grab announced that it has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with partners from both government and private sector organisations to establish the Chiang Mai Smart Mobility Alliance Network. By doing so, Grab marked the launch of GrabTukTuk Electric, which the company claimed to be the first in Southeast Asia.

With GrabTukTuk, Grab will work to integrate electric vehicles into the Tuk Tuk network. The goal is to reduce pollution from private vehicles by 35 per cent, which is the part of the public-private partnership.

Users in Chiang Mai can start booking their GrabTukTuk Electric ride from the Grab app.

“Over the past year, we have improved the infrastructure in the Nimmanhaemin area under the ‘Smart Nimman’ project where the development of transportation has been our top priority so as to increase the efficiency of public transportation, reduce air pollution, elevate the quality of life for the people and move towards Smart Mobility.”

“The Chiang Mai Smart Mobility Alliance Network will thus be key to unlocking the full potential of both the public and private sectors to drive Chiang Mai forward and become one of the first smart cities in Thailand,” said Wirun Panthewee, Deputy Governor of Chiang Mai.

Based on statistics from the Energy Conservation Laboratory (EnConLab), KMUTT, one electric TukTuk is estimated to reduce the emission of greenhouse gas by up to 4.18 tons per year.

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GrabTukTuk Electric also allows locals and tourists to easily book this transport through the Grab app. The new service is also expected to create better income-earning opportunities for GrabTukTuk Electric driver-partners as it allows them to save 80 per cent in fuel costs (costs only THB1,400 to charge an electric TukTuk compared to THB6,000 monthly fuel expenses).

GrabTukTuk Electric service is part of Grab’s long-term push into environmentally friendly transportation options such as electric and plug-in hybrid vehicles across Southeast Asia for a more sustainable mobility network. Grab claimed that it operates the largest network of eco-friendly vehicles in Southeast Asia and welcomes partnerships with city governments and industry partners to drive greater adoption of electric vehicles across the region.