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Energy Ministry’s push for electric vehicles confirmed at Egat’s ‘E Trans E’ event

Sep 24. 2020
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By The Nation

At the opening ceremony of “E Trans E” (Electric Transportation of Egat) on Tuesday (September 22), Kulit Sombatsiri, permanent secretary for the Energy Ministry, said the ministry has been pushing for a wider use of electric vehicles in a bid to reduce pollution.

The event was held at the Egat learning centre in Nonthaburi province.

Kulit said Energy Minister Supattanapong Punmeechaow has also instructed the Energy Policy and Planning Office (EPPO) and Energy Regulatory Commission (ERC) to come up with a new tariff structure for personal consumption and transport.

The use of all kinds of electric vehicles, ranging from electric trains, buses and boats to electric cars and motorbikes, will grow rapidly in the near future.

“There should be a separate system to charge for electricity used in the public transport system. If there is a wider usage of electric vehicles, then the rate should be lower. And if the demand rises, we will have to come up with a forecast of demand for electricity as part of the National Power Development Plan to support it,” he said.

Meanwhile, ERC is testing an innovative system for calculating the tariff structure for electricity.

Separately, Egat will set up a power source to feed charging stations for the public transport system. The charging stations will be installed in PTT petrol stations.

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