The electric vehicle industry is growing steadily, in line with the world’s joint direction to accelerate the solution to environmental pollution and carbon emissions into the air by turning to more alternative energy sources.
In Thailand, measures have been introduced to promote electric vehicles and to support electric vehicle benefits and taxes. The two have a maximum subsidy of 150,000 baht per vehicle. In June 2022, the consumption tax will be reduced from 8% to 2%, and electric vehicle prices are now twice as low as earlier. In addition, the designs are cool and modern; it responds to the target group’s lifestyle.
Moreover, the oil price crisis that doesn’t know when it will end; this has led many consumers to turn their attention to electric vehicles. In line with forecasts by the president of the Thai Automobile Manufacturers Association, the number of new electric vehicle registrations is expected to double to more than 10,000 this year.
And the National Electric Vehicle Policy Committee has set a direction to promote electric vehicles, aiming to make Thailand a production base for electric vehicles and related parts. It aims to produce a total of 1 million electric vehicles by 2025, increasing to 18.4 million by 2035.
Launched the first ‘Supernova’ fast charger in Asia
In order to jointly promote Thailand to becoming an electric vehicle manufacturing base in the future, “Electricity Authority of Thailand” and Spain’s Wallbox Chargers N.V. installed the DC fast charger “Supernova” named “Wallbox” for the first time in Asia, located in Nonthaburi Province In front of Khun Saichon Coffee Shop, EGAT 50 Years Building, Bang Kruai District Headquarters.
The biggest highlight of the Supernova is that it can supply up to 60 kilowatts of power, it only takes 15 minutes to charge, and the battery life can reach 100 kilometres. It supports the charging heads of all brands of electric vehicles on the market. It has been tested on three EV brands: the Nissan Leaf and the Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV. Both models use the CHAdeMO charger, while the other EV, the Audi E-Tron, uses the CCS2 charger. In terms of safety protection, charging speed and efficiency, continuity and durability in use, including various software operating systems, found that charging from Supernova meets safety standards. and does not affect the system of the electric vehicle
The Supernova is also compact in design, and the modern design is suitable for installation in various places such as hotels, shopping malls, office buildings, etc. It takes 30 minutes to 1 hour to charge for a typical restaurant, including car rental places and charging stations. In the future, if operators want to increase the power to 130 kilowatts, it can be made without buying a new charger for this additional adjustment.
EGAT plans to expand supernova installations in EleX through EGAT stations in many regions. The service is available through the EleXA app and will be available to commercial operators and automakers in the third quarter of this year.
Upgraded 150 kW EV Charger Test Lab
In addition to accelerating the expansion of DC fast chargers, EGAT has partnered with the National Science and Technology Development Authority (NSTDA) to develop a test laboratory for electric vehicle chargers that complies with international standards (IEC 61851), located in the Thailand Science Park Charging Station Test Room (PTEC ). Initially, only 60 kW electric vehicle chargers could be tested, but it has been expanded to 150 kW, which belongs to large DC chargers. The testing of chargers covers electric public buses, electric rickshaws and ferries, which enables entrepreneurs interested in producing chargers to test them for certification without sending them abroad for testing, reducing production costs and development time. Therefore, the charger price is not very high, which is conducive to competition in the market.
It also developed safety standards for public passenger electric vehicle charging systems used on roads and rivers to comply with international standards. As a charging station is a key component of the EV ecosystem, it must encompass the right location, safety and coverage of travel areas, and standards that build confidence in serving users, whether regular EVs or retrofits.
The installation of the “Supernova” DC fast charging charger and the development of the 150-kilowatt large-scale charging head test laboratory is another driving force for the domestic electric vehicle ecosystem to build the confidence of car users; and the opportunity to help drive the development of the electric vehicle industry for sustainable growth.