Army looks to go green with electric vehicles

Army looks to go green with electric vehicles

The Royal Thai Army plans to replace old vehicles with electric vehicles (EV), following the government's policy to promote the use of green energy.

Col Sirichan Ngathong, the army's deputy spokesman, said Gen Narongpan Jitkaewthae, its commander-in-chief, wanted to start the replacement drive with army units in Bangkok before expanding to other provinces.

The army chief and his team including Gen Apinan Khampeo, the deputy commander-in-chief, and Gen Phumipat Chansawang, assistant commander-in-chief, on Wednesday visited SET-listed Energy Absolute Plc (EA), a renewable energy developer and pioneer in EV development, and its subsidiary Amita Technology (Thailand) Co, which operates a battery and energy storage system production facility in Chachoengsao province.

The group toured the facilities and learned about EVs, battery production and related technology.

The plan stems from a cabinet resolution on Aug 24, 2021, assigning government agencies to consider purchasing EVs to replace old cars. The resolution is expected to promote the EV market and reduce pollution from petrol vehicles.

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