Thailand’s Largest Energy Company Inks Electric Car Deal With 6 Automakers

SEP 4 2016 BY ERIC LOVEDAY 6

All-electric BMW i3

All-electric BMW i3

Over in Thailand, there’s a deal being inked out between the nation’s largest energy provider, PTT Pcl, and at least six major automakers.

As Reuters reports:

“PTT Pcl…signed contracts with six major automakers for cooperation in developing electric cars, opening the first in a series of electric vehicle charging stations associated with the project.”

The involved automaker include the Thailand units of BMW, Mercedes-Benz, Mitsubishi, Nissan, Porsche and Volvo.

Reuters adds:

“State-controlled PTT will be responsible for building a network of 20 charging stations under the accord, while the automakers pledged to develop electric vehicles (EV) and boost awareness and confidence in the Thai market, according to a joint statement.”

This deal is in line with the government’s recent policy changes that focus on the promotion of electric cars. The government’s goals call for 1.2 million electric cars on roads in Thailand by 2036. As of right now, only some 68,000 plug-in electric cars are registered in Thailand.

Source: Reuters

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6 Comments on "Thailand’s Largest Energy Company Inks Electric Car Deal With 6 Automakers"

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It’s a start but 20 charging stations isn’t going to change a whole lot.

In my opinion, this is how building out a system of for-profit chargers ought to work. It’s silly to expect auto makers to build EV chargers. Who built nationwide systems of gas stations? The oil companies, that’s who. Standard and Mobile and Exxon, and others had their own brands of gas station.

It’s the electric utilities who have the motive to build EV chargers.

This isn’t the first time we’ve seen news of an electric utility making plans to install public EV chargers. Let’s hope this becomes a trend!

Odd that they excluded the #1 EV automaker, Tesla! And they included Porsche, Volvo and Mercedes that are not at all big players in the EV market.

The numerous small-ish islands (Koh Samui etc.) would make great places for BEVs (including electric 2-wheelers). Short driving distances, huge amount of traffic (much of it by 2-stroke scooters/motorcycles, so a very serious air quality problem) — very easy to cover with a few charging stations. Mild weather, so no battery cold-weather performance weather either.

..oh, and “developing electric cars”? I suspect that’s a mistranslation.
There’s no reason for any specific development for Thailand, let alone given the current size of the local market. Thailand does drive on the left, so needs RHD cars.

Well, yes, the local market favors ultra economical cars not sold in the West, particularly the 3-wheeled Tuk-Tuk, and electric version of which exists but has had too high a purchase price hurdle. https://tuktukfactory.com/
Thailand is also a center for export-oriented automobile manufacture, so they want more of the R&D work to come in-country.