Monday, September 10, 2012

BYD Sets Foot In Thailand

Published September 11, 2012

By Philippe Crowe

Power company Metropolitan Electricity Authority (MEA) of Thailand placed orders for 3 long-range, all-electric, 5-passenger BYD e6s and charging pedestals.

This is BYD’s first new energy vehicle business in Thailand, opening a new country for the company’s global business expansions.

MEA is one of the three largest power companies in Thailand providing power for the capital Bangkok and two other large provinces; MEA is actively promoting the development of electric vehicle industries in Thailand.

At present, very few electric vehicles are available in Thailand and MEA was very impressed that BYD had over 300 electric taxis operating in Shenzhen starting 2 and a half years ago with an accumulated range of over 24,380,000 kilometers (over 14.6 million miles).

High level MEA executives stated, “We have seen that BYD is a very pragmatic company and is benefiting all mankind with their focus on electrified vehicle development … Cooperation with BYD reflects our common vision – we will keep very close to BYD in promoting the development of electric vehicle, energy storage, and solar power industries in Thailand.”

BYD contributed to the launch of the world's largest pure electric taxi fleet with 300 e6 electric taxis in Shenzhen 2 and a half years ago. BYD also launched long-range, all-electric buses in Shenzhen, Changsha, Xi’AN, Shaoguan over 18 months ago and have accumulated 9,216,000 km (5.5M miles).

BYD’s Director of Asia Pacific Auto Sales, Mr. Liu said that “BYD is focusing on the new energy industry. Our products include not only pure electric cars and electric buses, but also solar panels, inverters and energy storage stations. We look forward to a more multi-faceted cooperation with MEA in the near future.”


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