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The Electric Vehicle Situation in Thailand

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Here at Kunini we specialise in everything that is concerned with electrics, be it designing building wiring or installation of solar power systems and everything in between. Therefore it is hardly surprising our interest in the growing market of electric vehicles and charging stations in Thailand.

Electric Vehicles

Globally, there is an increase in demand for electric powered vehicles. Not just commercially as in city centre public transport but also for private vehicles. EV’s (Electric Vehicles) are definitely on the rise all over the world and in fact they are expected to rise in number by 35% of the proportion of all vehicles on the road by 2040.

Many areas and countries of the world are far more advanced in the EV market than others, and indeed in some European countries big incentives by governments have seen a rapid increase in private EV use. This has been in a number of formats to low taxation of new electric vehicles, to extremely cheap fuel and the widespread availability of charging stations.

The Current Situation in Thailand

Today in Thailand the demand for EV’s is still low, although the Kingdom has embraced hybrid vehicles (HEV’s) for around a decade or so. Recently the Land Transport Department released figures to show that the number of HEV’s and plug-in hybrid vehicles (PHEV’s) registered with them was just under 85,000 units. Surprisingly only 63 of these were BEV’s (Battery Electric Vehicles).

BOI May Help Change

What may help to accelerate the growth of BEV’s in Thailand is incentives sponsored by the Board of Investment (BOI). If they start to encourage Thai manufacturers to get involved in the BEV industry, perhaps at first producing parts, then it will signal Thailand’s attention to embrace the whole industry.

Commercial electric vehicles are expected to be on the roads of Thailand in numbers by 2025, and ten years later the Thai government hopes to have built 700 charging stations and to have 1.2 million electric vehicles all over the country.

The Need to Change

Although Thailand and many parts of ASEAN are behind other countries when it come to addressing its green issues, it does realise not just its own commitment to reduce carbon emissions, but the energy saving benefits in doing so.

The head of Climate Change and Sustainability Services in Thailand, Mr Paul Flipse recently issued a statement addressing the situation. The technological advances in power storage together with the urgent need to improve air quality in the cities to compensate for the consequences of urban development will fuel the growth of EV’s popularity tremendously.

This is a powerful statement of the situation in Thailand, and points not to if but when EV’s will hit the roads in serious numbers on the roads all over the Kingdom. EV’s are a way to rectify pollution and power consumption issues within Thailand and also are a cheaper way to run a car for the consumer thus saving money.

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