The Provincial Electricity Authority (PEA) and Nissan has announced an agreement to ensure that home charging options and correct electrical infrastructure is in place to give Nissan LEAF customers confidence in their charging options, in upcountry areas around Thailand.
According to a press release from Nissan Motor Thailand Co Ltd (NMT), the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between the two companies underlines their commitment to work together to ensure EV customers have easy access to usage and service manuals for charging systems, technical skills training, and public charging stations.
“PEA utilizes digital technology to envision that EV cars will continue to increase in popularity in the coming years. PEA has developed the PEA VOLTA Platform to support the EV charging station network across Thailand,” said Sompong Preeprem, PEA Governor. “We have a master plan to support charging stations nationwide, covering all provinces, as well as offering highly trained and experienced staff who can provide expert advice for home charging installation to power EVs. We will provide full support in readying the power system for EV usage in Thailand.”
PEA ENCOM International Co Ltd, a PEA subsidiary, will be responsible for the installation of wiring electrical cables and power supplies from switchboards to industrial sockets, for Nissan EV customers, Sompong added.
Ramesh Narasimhan, president of NMT, said this agreement with PEA demonstrated the continued partnerships between Nissan, the government, state enterprise and the private sector to support Thailand’s electrification road map. It also represents another example of how Nissan is bringing its EV global leadership to Thailand.
He also emphasized the importance of building this EV ecosystem for Nissan LEAF customers across the Kingdom.
“We recently started delivering the all-new Nissan LEAF to our valued Thai customers, and 20 per cent of those were upcountry. This reinforces how important this deal with PEA is, to ensure all our customers have access to a robust and trustworthy charging infrastructure,” Narasimhan said.
Nissan was continuously evolving its electrification strategy and portfolio, with the goal of making it accessible, attractive, and convenient for all driving needs. “Here in Thailand we are working with local government agencies, policymakers and dealers to help drive EV adoption and provide the infrastructure and ecosystem necessary to make that successful,” he added.
This deal with PEA follows the MoU that Nissan signed in 2018 with the Metropolitan Electricity Authority (MEA) to provide home charging solutions for Nissan LEAF owners in the greater Bangkok area. Last month Nissan also signed an Electro Mobility Operator (EMO) agreement to appoint Delta Electronic Thailand as the official EV charging provider for Nissan LEAF customers.
Narasimhan said Nissan is continuing to develop a robust EV dealership network across the country, with 32 certified Nissan EV showroom and service centers nationwide. This means that Nissan LEAF customers in all parts of the country will now have access to professionally trained services and charging facilities, tailored specifically for them.
“We are very positive about the EV outlook for Thailand. A recent Nissan-commissioned study by Frost & Sullivan showed that the Thai government plans to strengthen EV use and is gearing up for the era of EVs. By 2036, the Thai government expects there to be 1.2 million electric vehicles nationwide and we are proud to help support this evolution,” Narasimhan said.