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          EGAT supports the use of electric vehicles in response to the national policy on energy and environment conservation. The 11 electric mini buses, claimed to be the highest number of the country, offer service throughout EGAT office and power plant areas. EGAT has also opened 23 electric charging stations for the electric vehicle users at no cost, which is a 1-year pilot project from this April 1, onwards.

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         On March 28, 2019, Mr. Viboon Rerksirathai, EGAT Governor revealed that EGAT realizes the significant role of electric vehicles in the future which enables to reduce CO2 emission from diesel engine combustion, save energy cost and diminish air pollution and PM2.5 particle emission which has effects on health. EGAT, therefore, has been implementing electric vehicle promoting programs since the year 2016 in order to meet the national policy on energy and environment conservation.

         EGAT Governor also stated that in the year 2018, EGAT initially provided an electric mini bus to service its officers and visitors of EGAT Leaning Center, Headquarters. Currently, EGAT rents more 10 electric mini buses. These 11 electric mini buses are used for transferring EGAT officers and visitors covering 8 areas of its offices, power plants, dams and learning centers, which are Wang Noi Power Plant in Phra Nakhon Si Ayutthaya, Mae Moh Power Plant in Lampang, Nam Phong Power Plant in Khon Kaen, Bang Pakong Power Plant in Chachoengsao, Chana Power Plant in Songkhla, Lamtakong Jolabha Vadhana Power Plant in Nakhon Ratchasima, Sirindhorn Dam in Ubon Ratchathani and EGAT Headquarters and EGAT Learning Center in Nonthaburi. The use of electric mini buses instead of diesel mini buses can reduce a total of 485 grams of CO2 per kilometer from diesel engine combustion. Moreover, it can save energy cost of 2.3 Baht per kilometer and lessen air pollution and PM 2.5 particle emission that affects people’s health.

         Moreover, EGAT has installed electric charging stations, totaling 23 stations: 11 normal stations and 12 fast-charging stations, in order to support the use of electric vehicles in those 8 areas. The electric vehicle users can attend this pilot electric charging projects without charge by making a registration at https://goo.gl/forms/H00cGJXBg4oiKBsj1 (from April 1 - June 30, 2019). EGAT will collect the project data to improve high efficiency of electric vehicle charging stations and prepare to give No.5 power-saving label to EGAT electric charging stations.

         Furthermore, EGAT, collaborating with National Science and Technology Development Agency (NSTDA), has developed a modified electric vehicle with low-cost kit, using mostly domestic spare parts. It is expected to be concluded within 2019. EGAT also cooperated with Metropolitan Electricity Authority (MEA), Provincial Electricity Authority (PEA), NSTDA and Bangkok Mass Transit Authority (BMTA) to improve existing BMTA buses by modifying diesel engine to be electric engine. Expectedly, these prototype EV buses will be achieved within 2019 and will further provide service for the public in the future. In this year, No.5 power-saving labelled electric motorcycles will be launched as EGAT and domestic motorcycle entrepreneurs are setting the No. 5 power-saving standards and criteria for motorcycles. EGAT aims to give the No.5 power-saving label to motorcycles within September 2019.

         “EGAT, as the national power system stability overseer, has prudently prepared the power generation and transmission systems and will coordinate with PEA and MEA to prepare the power systems in their areas, in order to support the upcoming use of electric vehicles with no impacts on power demand,” EGAT Governor said.

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