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Thailand Persists as a Hub for Fossil Fuel Cars

In a world increasingly focused on accelerating sustainability and transitioning away from fossil fuels, Thailand makes a delay.
While many nations are making bold commitments to reduce their carbon footprint (as seen in Stockholm, Sweden's recent announcement to ban petrol and diesel cars from the city center by 2025), the Thai government appears to maintain the production base of petrol-fueled cars for another decade or more. Few reasons behind this decision is to support Japanese car manufacturers that continue to produce internal combustion engine (ICE) vehicles and to serve short-term economic interests.
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(Although the trend is shifting towards EV are rising significantly)
[Sales amounted to 524,784 vehicles, down 6.21%] The breakdown is as follows:
▪︎ Internal combustion engine (ICE) vehicles: 429,136 units, down 16.46%
▪︎ Battery electric vehicles (BEV): 41,844 units, up 837.79%
▪︎ Plug-in hybrid electric vehicles (PHEV): 1,585 units, up 39.54%
▪︎ Hybrid electric vehicles (HEV): 52,219 units, an increase of 30.31%
Prime Minister Srettha Thavisin has voiced, "We support EVs, and we will continue to support them. However, the challenge lies in transitioning the existing automotive industry to survive in Thailand for the next 10-15 years. If supply chains disappear or if workers in this industry don't receive support, it will be a cause for concern."
The country has committed to achieving climate-neutral goals by 2050 and climate net zero by 2065. This target is already not fast enough. Yet, this new investment policy threatens to hinder progress. The decision reflects a choice between "Eco" and "Ego." Instead of prioritizing economic interests over the environment, nations should explore innovative approaches for a sustainable transition.
It's true that Automobile manufacturing has long been a pillar industry of the Thai economy. But Thailand is facing the dilemma of being both an EV and fossil fuel car manufacturing hub. What are your thoughts on this matter?

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    • George Kariuki

      35 w

      I hope that the Thai government will reconsider its decision to continue to produce and export petrol-fueled cars.

      • Ann Nyambura

        35 w

        Amid a global push for sustainability, persisting with fossil fuel car production raises environmental concerns and contradicts carbon emission reduction goals.

        • rosebellendiritu

          35 w

          They should atleast make commitments and invest in clean energy,they should know that it's possible to transit,furthermore it's very affordable.Thailand should do changes

          • johnte ndeto

            35 w

            Thailand ought to have opted for close substitutes to fossil fuels consuming and still would make their profits

            • Rotich Kim

              35 w

              Sad news Thailand need to held accountable we cannot ignore this our environment is at great risk....

              • walter lungayi

                35 w

                This is disappointing in a time when many countries are committing to reducing their carbon footprint. It is important for Thailand to prioritize sustainability and transition towards cleaner alternatives in order to mitigate the impacts of climate change.

                • Sarah Chabane

                  35 w

                  That's not good! Thailand needs to do better than this to future-proof its industry!

                  • walter lungayi

                    35 w

                    @sarah_chabane I strongly agree with you

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