6 June 2024

The Thai government is determined to promote increased production and use of electric vehicles (EVs), in place of internal combustion engines, to achieve carbon neutrality by 2050 and net zero greenhouse gas emissions by the year 2065, according to Radklao Inthawong Suwankiri, deputy government spokesperson.

She said that the government has assigned the Transport, Natural Resources and Environment, Energy, Commerce and Industry ministries, as well as other agencies, to study, set policies for and map out measures for the migration to electric vehicle use.

Meanwhile, the Industry Ministry has been assigned to cooperate with the Finance Ministry, the Board of Investment and the Eastern Economic Corridor (EEC) policy committee to set policies and measures for the promotion of supply chains in support of EV production and use, she added.

The deputy spokesperson said that all government agencies have been instructed to procure EVs to replace gasoline vehicles as they are decommissioned.

Public transport services have also been instructed to migrate to EVs, while the Energy and Transport ministries have been assigned, by the cabinet, to coordinate with relevant agencies to increase EV charging stations across the country, to cope with an anticipated rise in the use of EVs in the near future.