“The automotive industry is alike other industries when it comes to disruption of technology,” Dr. Laoonual says. 0000002501 00000 n 0000003270 00000 n 0001575501 00000 n One of Thailand’s leading experts on EV development, he is the Head of the Mobility & Vehicle Technology Research Center at King Mongkut’s University of Technology Thonburi (KMUTT). 0001473568 00000 n In addition to the four-wheelers, Thailand also has numerous models of two- and three-wheeled EV as well as quadricycles available in the market. The government offers substantial support in the form of tax and non-tax incentives to encourage foreign investment in the industry through the Board of Investment’s (BOI) investment promotion scheme including: Investors in the automotive industry can enjoy more benefits from BOI incentives if setting up a factory in Eastern Special Development Zone or Eastern Economic Corridor (EEC) which spans the area of Rayong, Chonburi and Chachoengsao provinces. However, electric three-wheelers are produced in Thailand and exported to the U.S., Portugal, Spain, France, Switzerland, Bulgaria, Cyprus, Finland, and Greece. Dr. Laoonual has produced and contributed to several research papers in connection with the powertrain, alternative fuels and policy for road transport technology. 0001484067 00000 n Mostly, the three-wheeled EV or electric Tuk-Tuk (auto rickshaw) are produced domestically and exported internationally. President of the Electric Vehicle Association of Thailand A majority of vocational colleges also offer program on automotive mechanics. 0000005264 00000 n Dr. Laoonual says Thailand has emerged as a new production base for OEM and REM batteries for export to countries such as Japan and Thailand’s auto markets in ASEAN and the Oceania.

0001501478 00000 n State Govt Electric Vehicle Policy for the Automotive Component Manufacturers of India. The Thai government aims to attract production sites for cutting-edge electric and plug-in hybrid vehicles. 0000009578 00000 n In 2018, the penetration of electric vehicles, including Plug-In Electric Vehicles (PHEVs) and Battery Electric Vehicles (BEVs) in the total auto sales in Thailand was less than 1%. McCurry has global reporting experience, having traveled to more than 25 countries for interviews and article research.

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John McCurry is Southeast Reporter GlobeSt.com, contributor to Site Selection Magazine and Greenville Business Magazine. Provide incentives to attract charging infrastructure investment based on areas and EV density. 0000010245 00000 n 0001489644 00000 n Submit a brief synopsis on the background of your company, your successes and your plans for long-term growth for review by our Editorial team who will contact you to discuss the project further. The Thailand BOI says the number of new registered PHEV (plug-in hybrid vehicles) & HEV (hybrid electric vehicles) in Thailand in 2019 was 30,676 with a growth rate of 51%, compared to 2018. 0001574809 00000 n The GPSC also has a plan to expand the production capacity to 100 MWh based on market demand. 0001488622 00000 n 0000003955 00000 n But domestic demand has been limited, hindered by a lack of charging infrastructure and high vehicle prices. BANGKOK -- Thailand's Energy Absolute looks to establish and operate 1,000 electric-vehicle charging stations in the country by the end of 2018, investing a projected 600 million baht ($18 million). 0001476655 00000 n The EV sector is part of an overall automotive industry in Thailand that employs approximately 890,000. Dr. Laoonual earned his first degree in Mechanical Engineering at Sirindhorn International Institute of Technology (SIIT), Thammasat University, Thailand. Even though some projects have been started, their current production capacity is still less than the approved production capacity. trailer <<7C53CF72936742D292742D1D646593BD>]/Prev 1578961>> startxref 0 %%EOF 67 0 obj <>stream 0001501755 00000 n In addition to the universities, the National Science and Technology Development Agency also provides training course on EV technology to companies and people who are interested in EV technology. 0000002723 00000 n

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Stay ahead with our exclusives on Asia; the most dynamic market in the world. This content was commissioned by Nikkei's Global Business Bureau. Update and draft related EV regulations and legislation. The BOI also provides production capacity figures approved by the BOI since 2018. 0000003133 00000 n Dr. Laoonual is also President of the Electric Vehicle Association of Thailand (EVAT), which was officially established by groups of academic and industry experts, with strong supports from the Thai Government. He is also the head of automotive engineering division at the Department of Mechanical Engineering, Faculty of Engineering, KMUTT. This policy aims to increase the share of e-autos significantly to …

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