As the first organizer for “Motor Show” in Thailand and also the organizer of automotive events for neighbors in Southeast Asia for almost 5 decades, I can say that we have seen changes all along. Since we pinned Thailand to be the Detroit of Asia, electric cars are not new in the automotive world. We used to have electric cars more than a hundred years ago. Until one day, it was replaced by a car with a combustion engine. When we discover oil and fossil energy. We see it as a development and human efforts that have been developed continuously. Until the epidemic of COVID-19, causing global car sales to decline in many industries, including the supply chain of this industry has been inevitably affected. Two years ago, Covid-19 has transformed every industry in the world. Looking at a positive side, it must be considered a good disruption as every industry has an urgent adaptation. This is because the process quickly draws us into the world of technology, especially the automotive industry. It has come a long way from the combustion engine era, hybrid electric vehicle, plug-in hybrid electric vehicle, fuel cell vehicle or fuel cell vehicle to battery electric vehicle or EV that are economical and environmentally friendly. Cars have automatically become increasingly equipped with wheel technology as this is the year of a radical revolution in the automotive industry.

Trend and direction

The growth of electric vehicles (Electric Vehicle), also known as EVs, has grown exponentially. This is consistent with the data from the International Energy Agency or EIA (International Energy Agency) that predicts that by 2030 the world will have accumulated users of electric vehicles around the world as many as 145 million vehicles, equivalent to 28% of the total number of users in the year 2020, which has 10 million vehicles and it is likely to increase to 58% by 2040.

The important factors that contributed to the increasing popularity of electric vehicles are the rising oil prices, environmental problems and pollution, as well as the drive to create new industries (New S-Curve) and cost-effectiveness. This includes reducing accidents until the development of driverless vehicles in the near future while the price of the battery is falling. As for Thailand, electric cars have received a lot of attention from consumers, which the government aims to push Thailand into a production base for EVs and the use of zero-emission vehicles (ZEV) of all types of vehicles. There are tax measures set between 2022 and 2025 to encourage the use of electric cars and encourage entrepreneurs to accelerate the production of electric vehicles in the country in order to support the trend of increasing demand for electric vehicles and reduce the import of parts and equipment for electric vehicles.

Event highlight

The 43rd Bangkok International Motor Show, which is about to start this month, will be showcasing 100% electric cars, more than 20 models from 12 leading companies such as Audi / BMW / GWM / Hyundai / Lexus / Mercedes / MG / MINI Cooper / Nissan / Porsche / Toyota and Volvo. This is the first time in Thailand that electric cars have been launched the most.

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