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Nissan, PEA sign agreement for  electric vehicle charging facilities

Jun 18. 2019
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By   THE NATION

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NISSAN Leaf customers worried about getting their next recharge had some good news yesterday, as Thailand’s Provincial Electricity Authority (PEA) inked an agreement with Nissan Thailand to ensure that home-charging options and correct electrical infrastructure is in place in upcountry areas.

The memorandum of understanding (MoU) commits them to work together to ensure easy access for electric vehicle (EV) customers, along with service manuals for charging systems, technical skills training and public charging stations.

“PEA envision that EV cars will continue to increase in popularity in the coming years,” said PEA governor Sompong Preeprem, so the government enterprise has developed the PEA Volta Platform to support a network of EV charging stations across Thailand.

“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.”

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

Ramesh Narasimhan, president of Nissan in Thailand, said the agreement between the companies demonstrated a continuing partnership between the automaker, the government, state enterprises and the public sector to support the country’s electrification road map. It also represents another example of how Nissan is bringing its EV global leadership to Thailand, he said. He also emphasised the importance of building the EV ecosystem for Nissan Leaf customers across the Kingdom.

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

Nissan was continuously evolving its electrification strategy and portfolio, with the goal of making it accessible, attractive, and convenient for all driving needs, he said.

“Here in Thailand we are working with local governmental agencies, policymakers and dealers to help drive EV adoption and provide the infrastructure and ecosystem necessary to make that successful.”

The deal with PEA follows a 2018 MoU Nissan signed with the Metropolitan Electricity Authority (MEA) to provide home-charging solutions for Leaf owners in the greater Bangkok area. Last month Nissan also signed an Electro Mobility Operator agreement to appoint Delta Electronic Thailand as the official EV charging provider for Nissan Leaf customers.

Nissan also continues to develop its EV dealership network across the country, with 32 certified Nissan EV showroom and service centres nationwide. Customers in all parts of the nation will be able to access professionally trained service staff and charging facilities tailored specifically for them, he added.

“We are very positive about the EV outlook for Thailand. A recent Nissan-commissioned study by Frost & Sullivan showed that the Thai government plans to strengthen EV use, and is gearing up for the era of EVs. By 2036, the Thai government expects there to be 1.2 million electric vehicles nationwide and we are proud to help support this evolution,” Narasimhan added.

 

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