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Hanoi (VNA) -
The Thai Ministry of Energy said on October 27 that charging stations for electric vehicles (EV) will be placed about 50 to 70 km apart as part of the country’s plan to boost demand and turn Thailand into a EV manufacturing hub in ASEAN.

According to the ministry's Energy Policy and Planning Office, it has rolled out a roadmap to boost production of EVs to 30 percent of total auto-manufacturing in the country by 2030.

Thailand plans to produce about 1.2 million EVs plying the roads by 2030 and is laying the foundation for infrastructure and battery development, Wattanapong Kurovat, chief of the Energy Policy and Planning Office.

The ministry's policy to reduce fuel consumption and enhance the sustainability of the environment will be abided by, he added.

The Energy Policy and Planning Office is also studying the option of EV users selling extra energy from their batteries to the national power grid, which will help strengthen the country's electricity security, he said.

According to Wattanapong, The Thai government will be piloting EVs in public transport, taxis and government cars first. When demand rises, it will result in automakers, battery manufacturers and makers of EV parts basing themselves in Thailand and ultimately turning the country into an EV hub in the ASEAN region./.