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The Thai government has approved a budget of 3 billion baht to subsidise the price of electric vehicles and has installed free-to-use EV charging stations at Benjakitti Park in Bangkok to promote the shift to a low carbon society. The spokesperson for the prime minister, Thanakorn Wangboonkongchan, announced today that PM Prayut Chan-o-cha aims to promote electric vehicles and make Thailand a centre of production for electric cars and motorcycles in the ASEAN region. The government’s Excise Department has prepared an initial budget of 3 billion baht to discount electric vehicles for the public by 70,000 baht to 150,000 baht […]

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The silent means of transportation! After living in California for a few years it prepared me for being constantly vigilant when approaching sidewalks and roads!

And now living here it’s becomes second nature  to practice these cautions!

These electric vehicles are a threat to pedestrian safety, scooters, cars !

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I hope they have built in a looooooooooooooong stretch of queue road for the free electric ,and a police box to sort out queue dodger punch ups..... 🤭

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installed free-to-use EV charging stations at Benjakitti Park in Bangkok to promote the shift to a low carbon society

What about the rest of Thailand???  What about other areas in Bangkok too?   Can you drive from Chiang Mai to BKK on 1 charge?

You need the infrastructure before pushing the EV cars.

Will they allow EV cars to park in mall underground parking?  What about within condo parking garages?
The Lithium batteries can blow up ... 
https://www.researchgate.net/publication/355888186_The_Threats_Related_to_Parking_Electric_Vehicle_in_Underground_Car_Parks

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This will be like every other initiative in Thailand. It’s a token gesture. They can report to the various international monitoring groups of progress:

Implemented tax incentives ✅

Provding free charging points ✅

Committed to being carbon neutral ✅

Just the usual flannel that will go nowhere, but it gets them a tick in the box and gets them an invite to the next COP meeting.

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17 minutes ago, riclag said:

The silent means of transportation! After living in California for a few years it prepared me for being constantly vigilant when approaching sidewalks and roads!

And now living here it’s becomes second nature  to practice these cautions!

These electric vehicles are a threat to pedestrian safety, scooters, cars !

Not all internal combustion engines cars have their mufflers gone 😂, especially newer cars, which are very quiet, and one usually can hear tires rolling on the road.  Even my skinny road bicycle tires makes some noise while rolling on the road.  If in a city environment lets hope pedestrians are looking before crossing, but here in Thailand not always the case.  Current motorbikes “scooters” are not a safety issue to pedestrians now? 😂

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according to BOI, the major source of power generation in Thailand comes from natural gas, contributing to 66% of the total share. The other significant sources are coal and lignite which make up 21% of the share. Renewable energy currently only represents 3% of the power produced in Thailand. adding EV to this equation would only increase carbon footprint, because efficiency of power generation is much lover than producing traditional fuel

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Seeing as there is virtually no infrastructure for recharging (outside of Benjakitti Park) be prepared to actually "push" those electric vehicles

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1 hour ago, Thaiger said:

The Thai government has approved a budget of 3 billion baht to subsidise the price of electric vehicles and has installed free-to-use EV charging stations at Benjakitti Park in Bangkok to promote the shift to a low carbon society.

Announced at the height of burning season ….. maybe this is easy to look good in the news with.

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First bad accident in Thailand occurred last night on beach road in Pattaya with a Tesla, luckily nobody was electrocuted, but one person was treated for shock.

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