PTT opens EV-charging station, plans 5 more
Chevrolet's Volt electric vehicle (EV) made a historic recharging stop after taking part in the opening ceremony of Thailand's first PTT Pilot Electric Vehicle (EV) charging station at the PTT Research and Technology Institute in Ayutthaya's Wang Noi recently.
PTT plans to open five more Pilot EV charging stations by 2013: two EV charging stations in Bangkok at the PTT Head Office service station and PTT service station near the First Infantry Regiment off Vibhavadi Rangsit Road, one in Nonthaburi and two more at service stations located on the Bangkok-Rayong route.
The top management of Chevrolet Sales (Thailand) and PTT were represented by Khanchit Chaisupho, director, Public Policy GM Thailand/SEA and Chevrolet Sales (Thailand), and Ratanavalee Inochanon, executive vice president, PTT Research and Technology Institute. Ratanavalee presided as chairperson of the opening ceremony.
The concept of an electrification strategy is gaining momentum in the public eye and government sector. Chevrolet said electric energy is one of the many solutions that have a potential to provide answers to mobility in the context of global warming concerns.
"Chevrolet is appreciative of the efforts demonstrated by the Thai government, through the PTT state enterprise, in its genuine concern to develop EV infrastructure, which will help reduce emissions and preserve the environment." said Martin Apfel, president of GM Southeast Asia/GM Thailand and Chevrolet Sales (Thailand).
The PTT Pilot Electric Vehicle charging station was completed in March this year and can serve three EVs simultaneously with the following charge types: a DC Quick Charge achieved in 30 minutes, an AC Normal Charge in three hours, and a Normal Charge in eight hours.
Thailand needs to develop a clear roadmap for infrastructure development, and add incentives to help create a critical mass and demand for EVs, he said.
If and when a strong market, infrastructure development plan and technical compliance are achieved to give EVs critical mass, Thailand could be in the forefront of "green" technology and become a regional leader in the field.
"We propose to the Thai government that it consider jumpstarting the country's electrification by making plug-in and extended-range vehicles more accessible to the general public and to allow demand to develop naturally, uninhibited by tariff barriers," said Apfel.