Thailand testing electric vehicle parcel deliveries

Thailand’s Post Office is partnering to pilot parcel deliveries using electric vehicles, or EVs. The test runs in two Bangkok neighborhoods are another stride by Thailand towards reducing greenhouse gas emissions.

The postal service signed an agreement last week with Mitsubishi Motors (Thailand) and PTT Oil and Retail Business, part of the partially privatized state energy conglomerate, to conduct the one-year pilot that uses battery-powered electric vehicles. PTT will install  the charging stations for the vehicles at its service stations.

“This year, the company plans to increase “EV Station PluZ” charging stations to around 350 both inside and outside PTT stations to support the growing level of usage of electric cars,” said Jiraphon Kawswat, President and CEO of PTT Oil and Retail.

“In the collaboration with Thailand Post and Mitsubishi Motors Thailand, the delivery services and automotive industry leader can enhance the parcel delivery that saves energy and is also more environmentally friendly,” she said.

The collaboration will include training sessions and field visits co-organized by Mitsubishi Motors Thailand, Thailand Post, and PTT staff. This should facilitate all parties to exchange their technical knowledge and know-how.

“This partnership spearheads one aspect of Mitsubishi Motors’ electrification agenda in Thailand,” said  Eiichi Koito, President and CEO of Mitsubishi Motors Thailand. “ We are trying to develop the electrified vehicle market in Thailand while raising awareness among consumers about the benefits and importance of EVs to strengthen this new market and grow consumers’ interests.”

Kamput Yukhong, Metropolitan Operating Officer at Thailand Post, said that the organization actively works on solutions to solve current environmental issues in Thailand.

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