According to recent data, the number of electric vehicle (EV) registrations in Thailand has increased in the first quarter of this year, largely due to government incentives to promote the use of these vehicles. Private passenger cars and motorcycles accounted for the majority of new battery electric vehicle (BEV) registrations, with a record high of 8,522 units registered in March alone. This figure represents a significant increase from the 7,335 units registered in February and 4,543 units registered in January.
Anucha Burapachaisri, deputy secretary-general to the prime minister and acting government spokesman, attributed this steady growth to the Thai government’s efforts to incentivize the adoption of EVs. These efforts are in line with the country’s broader goal of transitioning towards a low-carbon society and achieving sustainable development.
EVs are gaining popularity in Thailand as people become increasingly concerned about reducing pollution and saving on energy costs. The government’s push to promote the use of these vehicles includes incentives such as tax exemptions and reductions on import duties for EVs and their components, as well as subsidies for EV manufacturers and buyers.
Thailand’s ambitions to become a major player in the EV market are well documented. The country aims to produce 30 percent of its total vehicle output in the form of EVs by 2030. This vision is supported by a strong manufacturing base, a skilled workforce, and abundant natural resources such as lithium, a key component of EV batteries.
Moreover, Thailand has recently signed a memorandum of understanding with China to establish a joint venture for EV production in the country, with a planned production capacity of 100,000 EVs per year. This partnership is expected to contribute significantly to Thailand’s position as an EV production hub in Southeast Asia.
As Thailand continues to promote the adoption and production of EVs, it is poised to benefit from reduced emissions, lower fuel costs, and new economic opportunities in the growing global EV market. With the government’s continued support, the future of EVs in Thailand looks bright.