Govt backs electric vehicle drive

Govt backs electric vehicle drive

The government plans to increase the number of electric vehicle (EV) charging stations from 944 to 1,394 nationwide by 2030.

The target was set following a study by the Ministry of Energy on infrastructure needed to promote the production of EVs, said deputy government spokeswoman Rachada Dhnadirek on Friday.

Also as part of the policy, the Electricity Generating Authority of Thailand (Egat) and National Science and Technology Development Agency (NSTDA) have launched a centre for testing and certifying high-voltage chargers for EVs and other devices, said Ms Rachada.

The centre, at the Thailand Science Park in Pathum Thani, began testing and certifying 150kw chargers and other equipment on July 15. This means local producers of high-voltage chargers no longer have to send their products overseas to be certified, she said. "This not only cuts costs but will also speed up development of new EV chargers," she said.

The centre would also help boost the domestic EV industry. The government hopes to be a world leader in the field, she said.

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