150 charging stations to be opened next year

Auto & Audio November 09, 2017 10:20

By The Nation

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A total of 150 charging stations will be opened around Thailand in a pilot project for promoting the use of electric vehicles, the chief of the Energy Policy and Planning Office said on Thursday.

Thavarat Sutabutr, the director of the office, said the opening of the charging station has been supported by the Electric Vehicle Association of Thailand.

He said his office had invited interested investors to join the project and so far 101 businessmen had applied to invest in the charging stations.

Next month, the office will receive more applications, he added.

Thavarat said government agencies and state enterprises that operate charging stations would receive “100-per-cent support” for the cost of the station from the Energy Conservation Fund.

Private firms will receive support from the fund at the rate of 30 to 70 per cent of the cost.

The Electric Vehicle Association of Thailand has select 24 qualified operators, 20 of which will provide normal charge services and four others quick charge services.