Vietnam's capital needs $887 mln investment for fully electric bus fleet

HANOI, Sept 20 (Reuters) - Vietnam's capital Hanoi will need about 21 trillion dong ($887.27 million) in the coming years to replace all petrol- and diesel-powered public buses with electric alternatives, state media reported on Tuesday.

Hanoi Transport Corporation (Transerco), the project's adviser and Hanoi's major bus lines operator, plans to convert around a fifth of the city's 1,100-bus fleet to electric by 2025, and the full fleet by 2050, state-run newspaper Vietnamnet reported.

Combustion engine buses currently on the streets of Hanoi can run 260-400km per day while e-buses run 250-300km per charge, the newspaper reported, adding the company must devise a plan that ensures long distances can still be covered by the electric vehicles (EVs).

Currently, there are nine electric bus lines in Hanoi with a handful of EVs operated by Vinbus, a unit of Vietnam's biggest conglomerate Vingroup VIC.HM. The city first introduced electric buses in December last year.

The move toward EVs is in line with Vietnam's pledge to become carbon-neutral by 2050.

($1 = 23,668 dong)

(Reporting by Phuong Nguyen; Editing by Kanupriya Kapoor)

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