Thailand charges ahead with EV bus transition

Participants at the EV bus transition workshop in Bangkok
Group discussion between stakeholders during the EV bus transition workshop in Thailand

Partnerships for Infrastructure (P4I) and Thailand’s Ministry of Transport have co-hosted stakeholder workshops in Bangkok to seek input on Thailand’s roadmap to transition public buses to electric vehicles.

Held 7 and 8 November 2022, 3 workshops were held over 2 days in Bangkok, with opening remarks delivered by P4I’s Executive Director, Elena Rose.

“Through this workshop, I am delighted to be building on Australia’s longstanding engagement in Thailand in our 70th year of diplomatic ties,” Elena said.

“P4I is supporting the Ministry of Transport in developing a roadmap to drive the transition of Thailand's bus fleet to electric vehicles, incorporating gender equality, social inclusion, disaster risk reduction and climate change considerations.”

The series of workshops engaged with relevant government and private sector stakeholders behind the wheel of Thailand’s transition of public buses from internal combustion engines to electric.

The first workshop was held with private and public bus operators from both Bangkok and provincial regions in Thailand. The second workshop brought together charge-point operators and energy providers, including electricity authorities, and public sector energy policy and regulatory officials. The third and final workshop targeted EV bus manufacturers from both within Thailand and across the region.

Across the 2 days, participants shared challenges and barriers to the electric transition, while also contributing solutions to move forward.

Thailand is committed to achieving net-zero emissions by 2065 and the transition to electric vehicles, including buses, is a key part of the Thailand Government’s approach.

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