• PH learns e-vehicle best practices from Thailand

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    The electric vehicle (EV) industry has learned of some the best practices from Thailand, one of the major EV producers in the world.

    Electric Vehicle Association of the Philippines (EVAP) President Rommel Juan also attended the recent Automotive Summit 2016 in Bangkok, Thailand as a resource person.

    “It was a great opportunity for us to learn from the best practices of Thailand, which… is a bit advanced than everyone else in the region in terms of automotive products development,” Juan said.

    “It is good to learn that the direction of Thailand is aligned with ours in terms of electric vehicle promotions. The only difference is that since their economy and auto industry are more advanced, there are actually more alternative fuel vehicles manufactured by major car companies running on the streets,” Juan noted.

    “Thus, the major car companies are more active in their support for its promotion,” he added.

    EVAP is the umbrella group of e-vehicle manufacturers and parts makers.

    The automotive event in Thailand was hosted by the Electric Vehicle Association of
    Thailand (EVAT), and was supported by major carmakers in Thailand such as Ford, Toyota, Nissan, Honda, Isuzu, Mercedes Benz, and BMW.

    During the summit, EV players discussed Thailand’s direction toward a greener initiative as an automotive hub in the Asean region.

    Technological advancements in hybrid electric vehicles, plug-in hybrid electric vehicles, and battery electric vehicles were also tackled.

    Juan presented the Philippine side of EV space development.

    He said EVAP should work more closely with Philippine-based car companies to promote the manufacture and development of greener, more sustainable, and environment-friendly vehicles.

    For his part, EVAT President Yossapong Laoonual said: “We want to foster closer ties with our neighboring countries and our counterpart organizations there to enhance trade and exchange best practices.”

    “We hope that Thailand and the Philippines will work together on this to achieve their mutual green goals and expand the footprint of the EV industry in the Asean region. This . . . could be the beginning of a fruitful relationship between our countries,” he added.

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