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PEA, Nissan working to ensure EV charging options for LEAF drivers cover whole country

Jun 18. 2019
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By The Nation

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The Provincial Electricity Authority (PEA) and Nissan in Thailand have announced an agreement to ensure that home charging options and correct electrical infrastructure are in place to give Nissan LEAF customers confidence in their charging alternatives in upcountry parts of the country.

According to a press release from Nissan Motor Thailand, a memorandum of understanding between the two companies underlines their commitment to work together to ensure EV (electric vehicle) customers have easy access to usage and service manuals for charging systems, technical skills training, and public charging stations.

“The PEA utilises digital technology to envision that EV cars will continue to increase in popularity in the coming years. It has developed the PEA VOLTA Platform to support the EV charging-station network across Thailand,” PEA governor Sompong Preeprem said. 

“We have a master plan to support charging stations nationwide, covering all provinces, as well as offering highly trained and experienced staff who can provide expert advice for home charging installation to power EVs. We will provide full support in readying the power system for EV usage in Thailand,” he said.

PEA ENCOM International, a PEA subsidiary, will be responsible for the installation of wiring electrical cables and power supplies from switchboards to industrial sockets, for Nissan EV customers, Sompong added.

Ramesh Narasimhan, president of Nissan Motor Thailand, said the agreement with the PEA demonstrated the continued partnerships between Nissan, the government, state enterprise and the private sector to support Thailand’s electrification road map. 

It also represents another example of how Nissan is bringing its EV global leadership to Thailand.

He also emphasised the importance of building this EV ecosystem for Nissan LEAF customers across the Kingdom. 

“We recently started delivering the all-new Nissan LEAF to our customers in Thailand, and 20 per cent of those were upcountry. This reinforces how important this deal with the PEA is, to ensure all our customers have access to a robust and trustworthy charging infrastructure,” Narasimhan said.

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