Reservations for prominent BEV brands are forecasting high growth in the EV market in 2023, and consumer confidence is helping Thai EV, battery, and charging station production.
After booking almost 4,000 Tesla models on the first day of the Telsa website accepting bookings last month, Thais are talking about battery electric cars (BEVs). BEVs are popular in Thailand before Tesla’s marketing. Last year, Thailand sold over 12,500 BEVs, a 212.5% increase from 2021. 24,000 BEVs were sold this year, up 92.0% over last year.
The International Energy Agency (IEA) reported that a basic BEV had an average driving range of 349 km per charge in 2022, up 44% from 243 km in 2017. Fast charge technology allows direct current charging to 80% in under an hour.
The Energy Ministry’s Energy Policy and Planning Office reported 944 charging stations nationwide. The Electric Vehicle Association of Thailand (EVAT) reports 2,572 charger plugs in Thailand as of September 2022, up 13% year over year. EVAT reports 46% DC charger plugs, up 53% from last year, and 54% AC plugs, down 8%.
By 2025, 4,400 fast-charge plugs are expected, and 12,000 by 2030. BEV owners now use home wallbox chargers. Wallboxes for BEV drivers. BEV manufacturers offer free wallboxes and installation. New developments have wallboxes. BEV owners buy and install wallboxes for 35,000–85,000 baht. BEVs without wallboxes can use their AC charger, however it takes 24 hours to charge.