There’s wifi, a gas-filled USB charging port, lots of bonuses and commendable utilities
In the midst of rising gasoline prices with gold prices, electric cars suddenly became the main concern of many people. If you don’t have enough money to buy an electric motorbike or electric car, now spending only 7K, you can roam the streets of Saigon in a spacious car with 24 seats – namely an electric bus.
Previously, the Vinbus electric bus appeared in Hanoi last year and only started operating in Saigon on March 9. Webuy immediately “ordered” tickets to travel to see if there were any differences compared to regular buses. And below is our experience from A – Z.
We arrived at Saigon bus station at 2pm. The bus stop was fairly quiet, so there weren’t many people on the bus – contrary to our initial thought, this was a new car, so the number of curious guests wanted to experience more.
With large windows, covering both sides of the car with “eco” green paint, it’s easy to spot Vinbus at the bus terminal.
After boarding the bus, you can buy tickets with cash, swipe your card with a POS machine, or you can buy tickets online in advance.
Space in the car
The car includes 24 seats and 2 seats for the disabled. The number of seats is quite small compared to regular buses, the distance between the seats is quite far. Combined with super large windows and air conditioning, it brings a very spacious and cool feeling. The interior design is very similar to that of a passenger and luggage transfer car at an airport.
The car has no unpleasant gasoline smell, the space is cool and spacious. The car is wide so there is plenty of space for luggage.
There are many columns and hooks in the car for holding hands. The ceiling of the car hangs 2 large screens to display information and even has a text board to announce upcoming stations, beautiful and very convenient, especially the driver assistant will not waste time announcing in style … “run with rice”
When approaching the next station, the large screen will also display small letters to notify passengers
In each column, there will be a stop button as a signal to get off the bus. In the priority seat position, there will be a pen that stops at a low position, passengers only need to reach out to be able to press it – a distinct plus point compared to regular buses. In addition, priority seats also have armrests that can be folded up/down
There is a camera on the front of the car, according to the company, this camera can record the driver’s expression to immediately detect signs of fatigue and the driver’s expression while driving to ensure safety for passengers. In addition, there is an additional camera in the center of the car.
We appreciate that Vinbus has installed 2 cameras to ensure safety during the journey for passengers. Below the front camera is also a clock that shows the time with information about the number of seats.
The driver’s seat is separated from the aisle, next to a screen showing vehicle information. This screen also projects an image from the camera so that the driver can easily monitor the number of passengers
Practical experience when the car is running: Runs quite smoothly, no smell, fast wifi and smooth USB charger
The car runs quite smoothly, of course it can’t be completely “mute” as in our imagination, but the actual noise level is insignificant. Unless the road is being repaired, it will be a bit bumpy.
The car just started, we immediately took advantage of the wifi hot test and usb charger. Fully furnished like a passenger car, apart from that, the window sill is also big enough for you to put your cell phone, water bottle or some small items on it.
The distance between the rows of seats is very wide, the most comfortable legroom for 1m5 assembly. There is wifi available in the car and a number of USB drives near the seats for you to charge your phone. There is only a socket, so remember to bring your own charging cable.
Large windows for light and beautiful views, especially sitting near the window does not feel hot. Of course, if the company added a bit of curtains for the upcoming high season of Saigon, that would be even better.
According to the bus assistant, a long journey will take about 1 hour 40 minutes, but real experience shows that it will take longer, more than 2 hours / turn. Travel time between berths is about 10 minutes, each stop to pick up passengers is about 2 minutes.
However, guests at the pier have to wait 20 minutes for their next trip. It is hoped that the company will soon increase the number of vehicles so that the waiting time is reduced to around 10 minutes/trip like a regular bus.
Bonus: Can sitting on a trolleybus get motion sickness?
As premium members of the motion sickness association, we are often haunted by the smell of gasoline and the sudden vibrations and brakes of buses – the main causes of motion sickness. With the electric bus, you don’t have to worry about the smell of gasoline, the space is spacious, so the experience is quite comfortable. Of course, because the car is new, there will be a slight plastic smell, generally like the smell of an air-conditioned room.
The car runs pretty smoothly, only shakes when passing through the road being repaired, but don’t be stupid to sit in the opposite direction when the car shakes because this type of car will get drunk.
And another cool thing about this trip is when we get on/off the bus, we all will be greeted and thanked by the staff. Very funny, plus point for the electric bus!
In general, Webuy thinks that electric buses will be the main choice for Saigon people because they have more plus points in terms of space, technology, and comfort compared to regular buses, even though the fares are similar. The current ticket price is only 7K/time or 3K/time for students (free for elderly, disabled, children under 1m3 and some subjects according to regulations). In addition, you can purchase monthly or weekly tickets for a more comfortable trip.
Currently, electric buses run from 05:00 to 21:15 daily with a frequency of 20 minutes/trip, departing from the bus terminals of Saigon (District 1) or Ton Duc Thang University (Q7).
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