Thailand’s Electric Vehicle industry increasing its lead in AseanPOSTED BY Yamin Vong ON 16 August 2018
Thailand increases its lead in ASEAN’s pure electric vehicle market
Thai company, Risen Energy, has bought 1,101 BYD e6 battery electric vehicles to be used as EV VIP taxis for Suvarnabhumi International airport in cooperation with the Department of Land Transport.
The first batch of 101 BYD e6 electric vehicles will start service on September 9 at a rate of 16 baht per kilometer and the service can be booked at Level 1 of the airport.
The remaining 1,000 vehicles will be delivered over the next two years, according to a report from autoinfo.co.th.
The agreement with Thailand to export an additional fleet of cars catapults BYD to the number one position in the country’s market for pure electric vehicles.
Bangkok’s new e6 fleet will be utilised as VIP taxis and as part of a car sharing service. The e6 is powered by BYD’s proprietary lithium iron phosphate (LiPO) battery which is renowned for being safe, stable, and fast charging. With just two hours of charging time, BYD cars are able to travel up to 400 kilometers.
“Electric vehicles are being adopted around the world because they are cleaner and less noisy compared to combustion engine vehicles,” said Sanit Promwong, the Director of the Land Transport Department of Thailand. “We ultimately want our people to have a better living environment.”
With over 100,000 taxis and around 43,000 buses powered by dinosaur juice traversing hundreds of kilometers daily between Bangkok and its surroundings, the area suffers from a high level of vehicle exhaust emissions.
Liu Xueliang general manager of BYD’s Asia-Pacific Automotive Sales Division said in a BYD statement, “BYD is driving the transformation of electric mobility around the world. We are very pleased that Thailand has joined us.”
BYD vehicles have been present in Thailand since 2012 when the e6 was deployed as the official car for the country’s largest power company MEA. In addition, the e6 and the K9 electric bus was also adopted by the Thailand’s leading industrial and commercial giant Loxley Group to kick start Thailand electrification strategy.
Shenzhen based BYD continues to improve its range of electric vehicles for private, public and industrial use as Thailand considers plans for the EEC, a low-carbon and technologically advanced zone.
BYD Company Ltd. is one of China’s largest privately owned enterprises. Since its inception in 1995, the company quickly developed solid expertise in rechargeable batteries and became a relentless advocate of sustainable development, successfully expanding its renewable energy solutions globally with operations in over 50 countries and regions.
Its creation of a Zero Emissions Energy Ecosystem – comprising affordable solar power generation, reliable energy storage and cutting-edge electrified transportation – has made it an industry leader in the energy and transportation sectors.