Nissan is scoping out the electric car market in Bangkok. It just signed a memorandum of understanding with the Metropolitan Electricity Authority there to test the Nissan LEAF.
“We have started by readying the infrastructure in order to make sure that Nissans electric vehicle technology will respond to customer requirements effectively and gain positive response in the Thai market,” said Nissan Motors Thailand president Takayuki Kimura.
A pure electric vehicle is unlikely to be popular with Thai consumers, said Paul Blokland, director at Segment Y, a Bangkok-based consultancy. Bangkok is hot and humid. Temperatures soar to more than 100 degrees Fahrenheit in the summer, and the humidity means running a car’s AC full-blast most of the time. Now add relatively long commuting distances for many Thai drivers. “These are not ideal conditions for electric vehicles,” Blokland told PluginCars.com. To date, four LEAFs have been sold in Thailand, all in 2012, said Blokland. The LEAF might make sense in Bangkok as part of a “mobility package” that included another car, he said.
“Whether that would fly in Thailand, I don’t know.” Lower taxes on hybrid gas-electric vehicles—the non-plug-in variety—make then fairly popular in Thailand, said Blokland.
“The Thai customer is not that interested in the technology, but they like the fact that they can get a Camry or a Jazz [sold as Fit here] effectively at a discount,” he said.
No plug-in electric vehicles are currently for sale in Thailand, said Benjamin Asher, an analyst in LMC Auto’s Thailand office. As for the suitability of the market for pure electric vehicles, he agrees with Blokland that demand is likely to be low among consumers. People are moving to the suburbs, and “long traffic jams with air conditioning on full would no doubt take a toll on the battery,” Asher told PluginCars.com.
Thai Government Launches “Factory Sandbox” Scheme to Protect 3 Million Jobs
The plan will focus on plants which employ at least 500 people and will build confidence among both Thai and foreign investors at a time when supply chains in rival countries are shutting down.
BANGKOK (NNT) – Thailand’s government has launched a pilot “Factory Sandbox” program to test, vaccinate and isolate factory workers, with the aim of limiting COVID-related disruptions to Thailand’s important export-driven manufacturing sector.(more…)
The environmental case for remote working
Anyone searching for a silver lining to the pandemic should look to the clear, blue skies above them. A reduction in pollution worldwide has been an unintended benefit of the lockdowns and stay-in-place orders imposed to control the spread of COVID-19.
Thailand Approves Package to Attract Wealthy Foreigners and Professionals
Thailand’s Cabinet has approved an economic stimulus and investment promotion package aimed at attracting wealthy foreigners and highly skilled professionals...
The Role of Telemedicine Today: During and Beyond the COVID-19
Lockdowns, quarantine periods, and hospitals fast filling to the brink needed the medical community to come up with solutions fast....
Malaysia, Thailand banks to join the ASEAN Banking Integration Framework
Banking institutions from Thailand and Malaysia are invited to join the ASEAN Banking Integration Framework and indicate their interest to...
Climate Change Could Force 49 Million People to Migrate in East Asia and the Pacific
Out-migration hotspots in agricultural areas of central Thailand and Myanmar coincide with areas expected to see declines in both water...
Thailand BOI Approves Measures to Support Carbon Reduction
greenhouse gas emission as well as an enhanced scheme for electric vehicles and measures to mitigate Covid-19 impacts and support...