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Thailand: The government intends to electrify public transport by the end of the decade

The Transport Minister also announced a pilot project to replace all cars of the luxury taxi service owned by Thailand's state-owned airport management company

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The government of the Thailand aims to convert all state public transport in the country to electric power by the end of this decade. He declared this during a press conference in Bangkok the country's transport minister, Suriya Chungroongryangkit, on the occasion of the 40th edition of the Bangkok Motor Expo. “The exhibition demonstrated the government's success in promoting electric vehicles in the country. We hope to increase the total use of electric vehicles in Thailand by 30 percent by 2030,” said the minister. “All state-owned companies operating public transport have been ordered to replace them with electric vehicles as soon as they retire. Therefore, we plan to convert all state public transport to electricity by the end of this decade,” he added Suriya, specifying that it refers to bus networks in large urban centers and rail transport.

The Transport Minister also announced a pilot project to replace all cars in the luxury taxi service owned by Thailand's state-owned airport management company (AoT Limousine Service) with electric vehicles. According to the minister, in the period 2023-2027 as many as 72 transport sector development programs approved by the government will be implemented across the country, including transport electrification programs and the construction of new highways, new double-track railways and the improvement of transportation and general infrastructure of a number of international lines and domestic airports, including those important to the tourism sector of provinces such as Phuket, Krabi and Chiang Mai.

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