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Nissan sees an electrified future in Asean

Aug 08. 2019
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By The Nation

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Nissan recently shared its vision of future mobility in Asean as being one of electrified, zero-emission vehicles that will help support a positive transformation of the region’s fast-paced urban lifestyle.

In a keynote speech presented at the Delta Future Industry Summit held in Bangkok on Thursday, Peter Galli, vice president of communications at Nissan Motor (Thailand), noted how electrification is changing the future of cities as he highlighted the automaker’s electrification strategy and the importance of advancing the adoption of electric vehicles (EVs) through collaboration. 

“Thailand and Asean are entering a new era of mobility, with opportunities built around a robust EV ecosystem via private-public partnerships,” Galli said. “Our ability to provide a comprehensive charging and support system around the all-new Nissan LEAF in Thailand is due to key partnerships with government organisations like the Metropolitan Electricity Authority, Provincial Electricity Authority and private companies like Delta Electronics.”

These strategic partnerships will enable Thai EV owners to seamlessly access charging solutions at home, work, or on the road, regardless of geography. Thailand’s future EV ecosystem is a topic that Nissan is hugely passionate about, he said. 

Thailand’s goal is to put 1.2 million EVs on the road by 2036, and the government has expressed its support for the development of green transportation infrastructure so as to address the issue of rising emissions, traffic congestion and noise pollution.

Nissan LEAF

He said Nissan recently commissioned leading research firm Frost & Sullivan to develop a position paper that examines the evolving role of mobility in future cities across Asia and Oceania. It produced studies on “The Future of Electric Vehicles in Southeast Asia” and “Future of the Cities in Asia” to provide an insight into consumer behaviour across the region. 

Galli said studies in Singapore, Indonesia, Thailand, Malaysia, Vietnam and the Philippines showed that 37 per cent of prospective buyers were open to considering the purchase of an EV as their next car. 

The report on Thailand also showed that there is a significant latent demand for EVs in Thailand, with 44 per cent of the respondents saying they would consider an EV when they next buy a new car.

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