About half of the cars made in the country are exported to places like the Philippines, Indonesia and Malaysia. At the same time, work will have to be done on the creation of appropriate infrastructure and rules to adopt EVs in the country.
Thailand Electric Cars
Thailand has revealed its plan to sell only zero-emission vehicles from 2035 onwards. Thailand says that it currently sells conventional engine vehicles but within a few years it wants to become a South East Asian hub in terms of electric vehicles. The country’s auto sector is one of its most important sectors, employing 850,000 workers, as well as contributing about 10% in industries ranging from iron and steel to petrochemical and plastics.
About half of the cars made in the country are exported to places like the Philippines, Indonesia and Malaysia. Thailand’s Bold EV scheme has targeted to account for 50% of electric vehicles for all new car registrations by the end of the decade. Earlier this year, the country had targeted a figure of 30%.
Kavin Thangsupanich, advisor to the National Policy Committee of the Ministry of Energy, said in an interview that, we can see that the world is moving in that (electric) direction, so we have to move quickly. There is currently a set time in Thailand for the removal of the combustion engine trains. In such a situation, the government now wants to gradually move towards electric vehicles.
Apart from this, work will have to be done on the creation of appropriate infrastructure and rules for easy adoption of EVs in the country. The country will have to come up with various awareness programs to make the public aware of the benefits of switching to battery-powered vehicles.
Currently, according to statistics from the Electric Vehicle Association of Thailand, battery electric vehicles in Thailand contribute less than 1% of cars. However, EV car sales in the country increased by 1.4% in 2020, while traditional auto sales were down by 26%.
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