The coastal city of Quy Nhon in south-central Vietnam has just launched two electric cars to serve tourists. The golf buggy-like cars will visit popular local tourist destinations, travelling around five main streets in Quy Nhon, which is the capital of Binh Dinh Province. The service, provided by local tour operator Eden JSC, is wallet-friendly with one ticket costing only VND20,000 (US$0.89), and is offered from 6am to 10pm every day.
The eco-friendly vehicles are worth around VND300 million (US$13,390) each, can reach a maximum speed of 30 km/h, and carry 12 people, including the driver. Designed in Denmark and manufactured in China, the cars are quiet and clean and only need a break to recharge after every 110 km. Their route will be along the following roads: Nguyen Tat Thanh, Xuan Dieu, An Duong Vuong, Le Hong Phong, and Phan Boi Chau.
If the first two cars prove to be a success in Quy Nhon, Eden JSC is expected to provide 20 cars running at 30-minute intervals.
Hanoi was Vietnam’s first city to introduce electric car tours in its Old Quarter, Hoan Kiem District, and around West Lake. The service has been a great success, and has been described as safe, affordable and informative by tourists and locals since it first launched in 2012. To date, the electric cars have transported more than 1.2 million visitors and produced over VND20.4 billion (US$950,694) in revenue.
The electric car model has also been introduced in other cities around Vietnam, including Ho Chi Minh City, Sam Son in Thanh Hoa, Dong Hoi in Quang Binh Province, and Cua Lo in Nghe An Province. This will be the first service to be launched in south central Vietnam.