Thailand's leading fuel retailer, OR (part of PTT Group, Thailand's government-owned petrochemical company) announced further collaboration with Florida-based EVLOMO to expand Thailand's electric vehicle (EV) charging network.
The rollout will consist of 150kW DC super-fast charging stations at about 100 PTT stations in Thailand's Eastern Economic Corridor (EEC); this represents a considerable increase in the number of chargers and locations.
Boonma Phonthanakornkul, senior executive vice president, Oil Retail Business, OR, said in a January 17 press release, "As Thailand's leading fuel retailer, OR considers promoting sustainability to be a part of its core business. Thus, further collaboration with EVLOMO for rollout of EV charging network is the right step forward as we perceive dramatic shift in how Thailand will commute in the coming years. EVs have the ability to solve some of the key issues we are currently facing with respect to pollution and air quality; and as a large-scale electric mobility platform, EVLOMO can bring about a catalytic change."
OR and EVLOMO also agreed to work on the interoperability of their networks to increase access to EV charging stations throughout Thailand. The roaming partnership allows drivers to charge their EVs on both OR and EVLOMO public chargers, for a seamless user experience.
This expansion of EV charging network is in line with the Thai government's goal of selling only zero-emission vehicles in the country from 2035.
Prime minister Prayut Chan-o-cha announced at UNFCCC COP26 that Thailand aims to reach carbon neutrality by 2050, and net-zero greenhouse gas emissions by or before 2065.
Widespread access to super-fast charging networks is seen by both OR and EVLOMO as necessary to encourage Thailand's transition to e-mobility. The partnership should provide the necessary push for electrification of commercial fleets and eliminate range anxiety among EV drivers.
In response to the growing demand for charging infrastructure, EVLOMO plans to add over 750 EV charging stations in 2022 and 5,000 by 2026.
The CEO of EVLOMO, Nicole Wu, said, "We are laser-focused on making range anxiety a thing of the past for EV drivers, and together with OR, we will build a superfast and reliable EV charging network in Thailand for easy transition to e-mobility. By deploying a large-scale super-fast charging network, we can establish a leading position and help accelerate the adoption of EVs."
EVLOMO is on the verge of setting up an 8GWH Lithium battery plant in Thailand, entailing a total investment outlay of US$1.06 billion. The plant will have world class safety standards and will support growing demand for energy storage and electric mobility.