On Tuesday, October 18, 2022, an electric pickup truck for commercial use (EV Mini-Truck MT30) was launched at the event “Grand opening EV Mini Truck MT30: Respect the Environment” by Energy Absolute Public Co. or EA. at the Grand Postal Building, Bang Rak District, Bangkok, with Prof. Sirirerk Songsivilai, Ph.D., permanent secretary of the Ministry of Higher Education, Science, Research and Innovation (MHESI), together with representatives from the Program Management Unit for Competitiveness (PMUC), Thailand Science Research and Innovation (TSRI) and various other agencies participated in the event.
Prof. Sirirek Songsiwilai, Ph.D., permanent secretary of the Ministry of Higher Education, Science, Research and Innovation (MHESI), together with Prof. Chukit Limpichamnong, Ph.D., director of National Science and Technology Development Agency (NSTDA) Assoc. Prof. Nopporn Leepreechanon, Ph.D., advisor to the director of Thailand Science, Research and Innovation (TSRI) Dr. Thanakan Wongdeethai, representative of the Program Management Unit for Competitiveness (PMUC) Mr. Somphote Ahunai, Chief Executive Officer of Energy Absolute Public Company (Energy Absolute) or EA, Mr. Amorn Sapthaweekul, Deputy Chief Executive Officer along with senior executives from universities, private sector and related sectors participated in the event “Grand opening of EV Mini Truck MT30: Respect the Environment” At the event, Energy Absolute Public Company launched a 100% electric pickup truck with innovations developed by Thai people under the operation of Mine Mobility Corporation. Co., Ltd., which operates the business of manufacturing and assembling vehicles powered by 100% electric power system by using innovation and modern technology in the development of electric vehicles. The main goal is to raise the level of commercial transportation by Thai people, in turn driving the success of the electric vehicle industry, called the New S-Curve according to the national strategic plan. It is an important step in the development of the EV Mini Truck MT30 under the “Respect the Environment” concept, and the model has been registered as the first 100% electric pickup truck in Thailand.
Prof. Sirirek Songsiwilai, Ph.D., said that “The Ministry of Higher Education has a policy to support the development of modern vehicles to achieve zero emission along with creating technological and innovative capabilities for Thai entrepreneurs. The launch of the aforementioned MT30 electric pickup was a showcase of electric vehicles designed and developed by Mine Mobility Corporation Company Limited, a subsidiary of Energy Absolute Public Company Limited, which was designed, developed and produced by Thai people, and registered as the first 100% electric pickup truck in Thailand. In addition to saving energy, the cost of transporting goods has been reduced. It also helps reduce pollution in the transportation sector as well.”
Assoc. Prof. Siree Chaiseri, Ph.D., director of PMUC, commented that “Nowadays, the automotive industry is going thru a major change when electric vehicle (EV) technology begins to replace gasoline-powered engines. But the existing knowledge is still insufficient for all types of vehicles, especially trucks, which is considered a transport sector that plays an important role in the industrial and economic sectors. PMUC has funded several research projects to develop modified electric vehicles by focusing on the transportation industry, including pickup trucks, which is considered a large market. In Thailand there is a large number of pickup truck users who use them to transport goods and services, including 4-wheel trucks, 6-wheel trucks and 10-wheel trucks, as well as buses and light-rail trains. Moreover, PMUC has supported projects to build electric boats and electric motorcycles with swappable batteries in order to cover various aspects of the national transportation system.”
Many people showed interest in receiving the information and details by showing up at the launch event.