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The panic over PM2.5 has left us all wondering who will rise from the smog with real solutions. Enter a strong contender: Swag EV. 

Launched recently in Thailand in January of 2020, Swag EV, or Supreme Wagon Automotive Group Electric Vehicle, is a producer of eco-friendly motorcycles with stylish, modern design. Swag electric motorcycles are powered with removable batteries that can be plugged into any electric socket, making them a highly adoptable product. It only takes between approximately three hours to fully charge the Samsung battery which Swag electric motorcycles use, at which point it will be ready to cover a distance of up to 80-90 kilometres. 

Two models of the EV are currently available in Bangkok now, Type S, which retails at 62,900 baht, and Type X, which goes for 65,900 baht—about 10,000 to 20,000 baht more expensive than new most petrol-powered bikes. In both Swag EV models, the 1750W-2020W brushless hub-motors are developed by Bosch, a trusted name in the German automotive industry. The electric bikes’ detachable 60-volt 26 AH battery is also made by Samsung, another global leader in technology.

Swag EV comes to us from a country known as being Southeast Asia’s cleanest and most sustainable city, Singapore, and the story is pretty much the same as any brand of electric motorcycles in the world: an answer to smarter and cleaner means of personal mobility that can be embraced by a population large enough to make a difference. 

According to a Research Center in Thailand, Thailand has the highest motorbike use in the world, with nearly 90 per cent of households owning at least one motorbike. Our country has up to 20 million registered motorbikes and possibly a million more unregistered. Study shows that an estimated of that two million new bikes are sold in Thailand annually. Motorbikes are, of course, a cost-efficient and effective way for the population to get around the jammed roads of sprawling cities like Bangkok. However, with nearly no accessible alternative to petrol-powered bikes until now, motorcycles have remained a huge and only growing contributor to air pollution. And while cars are still the biggest culprits of carbon dioxide emission and PM2.5 on our roads, EVs are a less viable solution in the car sector because of the limited number of people who will be able to afford them.

With Swag and future electric scooters of the like, we should hope to follow the progression of countries like Taiwan, which have mainstream use of electric motorbikes in place. Every 10g of CO2/km is released if an electric motorcycle is charged on-grid in Thailand compared to the 50g of CO2/km which is released in local air pollutants (2.5PM) as well as heat and noise pollution. Within a few years Swag could save the same amount of CO2 that 11 million trees and counting consume yearly.

Swag EV will launch a third model, the Type-V, soon. For more information, visit swagev.com