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EV charging stations to be set up at 50-70km intervals

Feb 22. 2020
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By THE NATION

A government committee has given the nod to increase the number of charging stations for electric vehicles (EV) to cover community areas and main roads between cities.

The decision was made at a meeting of the Energy Policy Administration Committee chaired by Energy Minister Sonthirat Sonthijirawong.

Sonthirat said on Friday (February 21) that “the interval for each station should be in the range of 50-70 kilometres”. “This is to solve congestions in big cities and allow people in outer urban areas to have supporting facilities for their EVs.”

This project will be financed by a fund from the Energy Policy and Planning Office and can be joined by either interest public or private organisations, he added.

At present the Ministry of Energy has 520 charging stations under its administration with 805 charging ports in total providing charging service at a flat rate, 24 hours a day.

Sonthirat added that the meeting in Friday also agreed to a motion to restructure the ex-refinery oil price by reducing the refinery’s premium by Bt0.5 per litre. The refinery’s premium is the cost that refineries bear and factor in the ex-refinery price. It covers the transport fee, insurance, compensation to lost oil during transportation and oil quality adjusting fee.

“The motion will be presented to the Energy Policy and Planning Office by March 19,” he said. “If the motion is approved, the retail oil price will drop Bt0.5 per litre immediately due to reducing cost.”

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