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Thailand aims for 30% electric vehicle production by 2030



By 2030, Thailand aims to have 30% of car production to be electric vehicles in an effort to minimise air pollution as the air quality in a number of provinces in Thailand, especially Bangkok and Chiang Mai, has been at levels classified as unhealthy and even hazardous in reports by IQAir.

Electric vehicles would include cars, motorbikes and buses. Industry Minister Suriya Jungrungreangkit says the government wants to “accelerate the use and production of electric vehicles, with national strategies focusing on the environment and air pollution solutions,” according to Bloomberg.

Crop burning in Northern provinces is a major factor in Thailand’s pollution. Although gas emissions from cars, buses and trucks are not the main cause of the poor air quality, a recent survey from Nissan Motor Co showed that 91% of Thais would buy a electronic vehicle because of the environmental impact.

The government is also looking into tax benefits for buyers and investment incentives for companies to help Thailand reach its goal by the end of the decade, Suriya says.

SOURCE: Bloomberg


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  1. Grumpy John

    Tuesday, February 9, 2021 at 6:48 pm

    Will be interesting to see if that happens. Barring unforeseen circumstances I will still be here!

  2. Issan John

    Tuesday, February 9, 2021 at 7:06 pm

    Minimal incentives to buy EVs as yet.

    Expensive, and very limited access to charging points at best.

    • Larry

      Thursday, February 11, 2021 at 4:28 pm

      I got to test drive an early electric conversion here in Thailand. It was converted from a brand new Nissan by an engineering professor as her own personal vehicle, which she drove around town. She was really happy to never have to go to a gas station (or charging station) at all. She just plugged in to the wall when she got home every night and unplugged each morning.

      Every wall outlet is a charging point, and I could hardly imagine anything more ubiquitous than a wall outlet.

  3. Gosport

    Tuesday, February 9, 2021 at 7:28 pm

    Curing heachache by treating the ASS. My friend told me.

  4. Slugger

    Tuesday, February 9, 2021 at 7:30 pm

    ‘By 2030.’ Not as yet. Cant you people read?

  5. Toby Andrews

    Tuesday, February 9, 2021 at 9:45 pm

    Having spent a lot of time in Laos, I observed they are a major producer of electric scooters and bikes.
    They are everywhere
    Thailand better do better than 30 percent in the next eight years.
    For urban transport electric scooters beat motor bikes. These can even be folded up and taken into work!
    They will not produce them because the Thais want the tax on petrol . . .

    • Ted

      Wednesday, February 10, 2021 at 12:23 am

      “They are everywhere “ I not calling you a lyer but let’s be real, your statement, for real what do it mean? Each time you walk outside [in Laos] you see one [not one but A EV], ok 1 off 1000 is ok but for real!! Do you you —really— mean that Laos is the dirt country in the world manage the infrastructure of EVs? For real, a Thai site like this, and the capital of the country [Bangkok] do you honestly believe that a small % will have enough opportunity to charge their vehicles….when needed???

      For once, I agree with isaan j

      • Ted

        Wednesday, February 10, 2021 at 12:28 am

        Sorry about my [loss of words] but I hate it when people are like “Greta” and only think of one side of the story, and “choose” to forget about the most important one

      • Toby Andrews

        Wednesday, February 10, 2021 at 8:24 am

        It is hard to take a person seriously who cannot even spell, lyer? what’s a lyer?
        Did you not notice that when you typed lyer, it was underlined in red.
        The rest of your post is also hard to read.
        Have you even been to Laos? I know one bar owner there that has two electric scooters, and leaves his car at his home. One scooter he can sit on, one scooter he stands on.
        I am not writing about electric cars, but electric scooters and bikes.
        Sometime it is hard to see a bike is electric. I would see them traveling along the road and the passenger was not pedalling.
        Charging is easy. There is no special charging point needed, just an ordinary electric socket. Look it up on Wikihow.
        Anyway have it your own way, you don’t believe me. I cannot be bothered to persuade you.

      • Issan John

        Wednesday, February 10, 2021 at 5:07 pm

        I was a bit surprised about them being “everywhere” in Laos, too, Ted, and after a look on google Toby apparently means “everywhere” around his mate’s bar in Vientiane.

        The replies to questions on TripAdvisor and other sites asking if you could rent or buy e-bikes in Vientiane or Laos were all “no”.

        A couple of tour companies do e-MTB tours – all e-bikes imported.

        Rather than being “a major producer of electric scooters and bikes” there’s apparently only one manufacturer in Laos, Sunlabob Renewable Energy, who make a bicycle conversion kit;a couple assembling bikes manufactured in China; some diy kits available in the market in Vientiane; … and all other e-bikes reportedly being imported from Vietnam and China (not cheap, at $600+) plus a few more expensive ones imported from Japan and S Korea, aimed at expats.

        I lost interest after that.

        • Toby Andrews

          Wednesday, February 10, 2021 at 10:11 pm

          Even so they are everywhere in Laos . . .

          • Toby Andrews

            Wednesday, February 10, 2021 at 10:43 pm

            There are several places that hire out electric scooters in Laos.
            Just google electric scooters Laos.

          • Issan John

            Thursday, February 11, 2021 at 10:32 am

            Just googled ‘electric scooters laos’, Toby.

            Not a single site there hiring out electric scooters in Laos in the first fifty entries, Toby. None, zilch, zip, nada.

            I got bored after that.

            A couple that look as if they do, but when you go to the site the only mention of e-bikes is in the header to get a hit.

            Google is not your friend, Toby.

            Sorry 🙁

  6. Steve

    Wednesday, February 10, 2021 at 12:32 am

    My wife and I would love to purchase an EV as our next vehicle but the duty on them is sky high. If the Government can ease the costs on these cars then we would be customers. As of now a Nissan leaf is more than $60,000 in USD. The numbers don’t work for the consumer unfortunately. There needs to be a solution, it will benefit everyone in the long run.

  7. Ian

    Wednesday, February 10, 2021 at 1:05 am

    Elec cars are everywhere now in England my ex has one expensive to buy but she’s saved thousands on petrol but yep to work in thailand just can’t see it the price of petrol is cheap only a few thais could afford one and yes the charging points it’s a massive ask but I’d like to be wrong .maybe a few nuclear power stations are in the planning that will be one of next pie in the sky ideas from this crazy government

    • James R

      Wednesday, February 10, 2021 at 2:04 am


      The percentage of electric cars in England is 4.7% of the total on the roads so I would not make the statement of “….are everywhere now in England”.

      They are too expensive, and only useful if you can charge them from home as there is not the nationwide infrastructure for charging them effectively in public.

      There are more hybrid electric cars which charge the cars using petrol or diesel so I would not count those as pure electric cars.

  8. Ian

    Wednesday, February 10, 2021 at 2:27 am

    James I’m not challenging your figures cos I can’t be arsed what I say I stand by they are on every rd so 4.7% of say 20 million cars is alot of cars lol

    • James R

      Wednesday, February 10, 2021 at 5:36 am


      And 95.3% is even a much larger number.

  9. Patrick Kelly

    Wednesday, February 10, 2021 at 4:11 am

    Just in time for the reopening of tourism at the rate we are going! Lockdown locals will argue there is still flu going around in 2030 so we should wait a bit longer.

  10. Jesus Monroe

    Wednesday, February 10, 2021 at 4:55 am

    Lets hope they enforce their road regulations better because being hit by a silent electric bike you don’t hear hurts……….

  11. Ian

    Wednesday, February 10, 2021 at 6:38 am

    I can’t even leave my router plugged in without it blowing up from power surges, you think I’m going to plug my car into ungrounded improperly set up charging points? Nope

  12. Toby Andrews

    Wednesday, February 10, 2021 at 9:02 am

    Nobody is forced to use new technology.
    But consider this, this new technology is so advanced, Porsche now even make an electric powered car. Zero to 60 mph in under 3 seconds.
    Electric scooters are not as fast as that, yet.

  13. Jules

    Wednesday, February 10, 2021 at 4:14 pm

    Thailand wishes to reduce pollution
    First crackdown in the fires in northern Thailand. This can be acted upon immediately.
    For electric cars to be normal they need to become much cheaper and an infrastructure put in place but also the power stations need to stop using fossil fuel to produce the electricity in the first place others these so called ‘green’ electric cars eont be so green.
    All new builds need to have solar panels by law and mass battery storage (Vanadium batteries, not lithium as they’re prone to catching fire and exploding) need to be connected to the grid via windfarms and solar
    The Chinese are buying up Vanadium like its going out of fashion to build massive Vanadium batteries.

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