MPs ready to back transition to EVs

Published onAugust 21, 2020

Lawmakers are joining energy officials in promoting a plan to make Thailand a hub of electric vehicle production as oil-powered cars looks to be disrupted by more affordable EV technology. Deputy House Speaker Suchart Tancharoen said members of parliament are ready to support the transition, following a months-long delay because of Covid-19. During the pandemic when global travel was restricted and oil prices plummeted, demand for EVs was still robust, signaling their impact on internal combustion engine (ICE) manufacturing may happen sooner than expected, he said. Many European countries expect to phase out ICE-based cars by 2030. In Bangkok, battery prices for EVs are falling, making EVs more attractive, Ravee Machamadol, adviser to the House Committee on Energy, told a forum on Monday. In March the government set up the National Electric Vehicle Policy Committee, chaired by former deputy prime minister Somkid Jatusripitak. However, the committee, which comprised 30 experts in the EV industry, only met once before the Covid-19 outbreak.