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Melangkah elektrik pada 39 Bangkok International Motor Show

POSTED BY Yamin Vong ON 28 Mac 2018

The Bangkok International Motor Show (BIMS) adalah tempat yang terbaik untuk mengikuti perkembangan terkini 4×4 pick-up trucks as Thailand has long been the global hub for Japanese pick-up trucks.

Living up to this tradition, Motorme.my went up close to the renowned Ford Raptor, which had been tested by automotive journalists a few months earlier. It will set a new price benchmark when it is launched for sale later this year at THB1.7mil (RM211,000).

Tahun ini, bagaimanapun, we were surprised to see the traction electric vehicles (EV) had gained in Thailand.

There were four EV manufacturers exhibiting at BIMS – two Japanese joint ventures (JV), BYD from China and Energy Absolute Public Company Ltd (EA), a Thai-listed company.

BYD dipaparkan e6 BYD untuk THB1.89 juta (RM235,000) dengan jangkaan penghantaran dalam tempoh dua bulan. The BYD e6 is a purely-electric D-segment MPV with seating for five and has a maximum range of 400km. The BYD e6 secara meluas digunakan sebagai teksi di Shenzhen, China.

What was most interesting was the Mine Mobility exhibition booth by EA, a company that had agreed to a JV with a fellow compatriot, Mine Mobility Research.

Wanswad Prinyawat, Pengarah teknikal Mobility Mine

“We are planning to have a pre-launch – proof of concept event – at the end of the year and ramp up one model for manufacturing by next year,” said Mine Mobility’s technical director Wanswad Prinyawat.

“Our price point is one million Thai Baht,” said the 50-year-old.

There were various electric cars such as the Takano and motorcycles including the Munro to excite the masses.

A mechanical engineer from Chulalongkorn University, where he was classmates with the owner of EA, Prinyawat said his R&D company had developed three prototype models before setting up a JV with EA for the commercialisation of Mine Mobility next year and making it the first Thai EV.

The EV for commercial launch will employ a traction motor from China and will have a range of 200-250 km.

Even global names such as Mercedes-Benz saw the opportunity to introduce some of its electric technologies to the public.

“We know that there is a range anxiety in Thailand and to overcome this, kita sudah mempunyai kira-kira 300 charging points distributed within Bangkok and its suburbs. Kita akan mempunyai 1,000 mengenakan mata menjelang akhir tahun,"Kata Prinyawat.

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