Vietnam to Trial Electric Vehicles at Noi Bai International Airport

FEB 2 2014 BY ERIC LOVEDAY 3

By year’s end, Vietnam will begin its first large-scale trial of electric vehicles.

Noi Bai Airport

Noi Bai Airport

The vehicles will be of the airport shuttle variety.  They will be used exclusively at Noi Bai Airport in Hanoi to transport passengers and airline workers between termainlas T1 and T2.

The Civil Aviation Administration of Vietnam is backing this trial in an effort to “curb illegal taxis and motorbike taxis that cheat and overcharge passengers,” reports news organization Vietnam.

Some of the electric vehicles will could see use by security personnel too.

Noi Bai Airport has regulation on the types of vehicles allowed on airport grounds.  Apparently, these electric vehicles will be granted exclusive rights in the area between terminals T1 and T2.  The EVs will operate on behalf of the airport and therefore those “illegal taxis and motorbike taxis that cheat and overcharge passengers” will be pushed out of business.

As Vietnam reports, “there are 36 domestic and international airlines operating from and to the Noi Bai International Airport.”

Between terminals T1 and T2, up to 21 million passengers will be served annually at the airport.

Source: Vietnam

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3 Comments on "Vietnam to Trial Electric Vehicles at Noi Bai International Airport"

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It’s really a mystery to me why so many developing-world nations, who pay an arm and a leg for petroleum, are so slow in jumping on the EV bandwagon.

In many countries, even NEVs with older battery-tech make perfect economic sense, not to mention the environmental impact as cities in those countries suffer far worse air quality than Western cities with their more modern vehicle fleets.

India is of course Exhibit A. Apparently Vietnam is also in the club… hope they start picking up their pace soon.

Christopher Allessi II

Having been and regularly going to Vietnam, I would say it makes sense in a few of the cities, Saigon, Hanoi, Da Lat, Nah Trang. Though, my experience is that the grid is not very reliable outside the few MAJOR cities to make it worth wile. And keep in mind, the people of Vietnam, pay MORE per kWh then we do in the USA.

Christopher Allessi II

They bulldozed my mother-in-laws home in 2009 to put the new road in leading away from this airport…. 🙁 I will say though, nice airport. Very pretty girls as well 🙂