The Metropolitan Electricity Authority (MEA) of Thailand and Nissan have agreed to join forces in establishing battery-charging infrastructure ahead of sales of the car firm’s Leaf EV (electric vehicle).
Nissan Motor Thailand Co Ltd said the agreement signed at the MEA’s Ploenchit Road office in Bangkok laid out a commitment to ensuring drivers have access to charging stations at home, at work and on the road.
It described the system as “a new way of thinking about transportation that will drive the electrification of Thailand”.
The MEA and Nissan will prepared service tools and manuals for charging systems, conduct technical training, and develop charging equipment and an electric fee-payment system.
The MEA will handle the electrical and related equipment at charging stations “to ensure Nissan’s customers confident and system safety” and train Nissan Thailand staff.
The collaboration is in line with the government’s Energy Efficiency Plan, which envisions 1.2 million plug-in hybrid electric vehicles (PHEVs) and battery electric vehicles (BEVs) on Thai roads by 2036.
The MEA has also launched the “MEA EV Application 2.0” for smartphones, which enables searches for the nearest charging station, advance booking for chargers, remote control of the charger and information on charging history and energy-savings rates.