The Land Transport Federation of Thailand (LTFT) vows to support BUS & TRUCK ’19 to be the grandest exposition there is in the region. The federation encourages all operators of large vehicles to bring in new tech products and world-class innovations to the show, including electric pick-up trucks and buses. This is to prompt the transport sector that BUS & TRUCK is the leading exposition show well-equipped with leading innovations. LTFT also pushes for lower taxes for large electric vehicles to help draw in more operators and, in turn, reduce pollution from PM 2.5 dust.
Mr. Apichart Prairungruang, Chairman of LTFT, revealed that BUS & TRUCK ’19 is an event set during 7-9 November 2019 at BITEC Bangkok. He affirms that the federation, as well as related collaborative logistics groups, are in full support of the exposition which is considered to be one of the biggest motor shows in Thailand.
At this juncture, LTFT urges large vehicle operators, including pick-ups, buses, and related parts & gadgets, to showcase new technological products and world-class innovations i.e. electric truck and electric bus. It goes to show that the event is filled with leading innovative products and know-how. This will feature BUS & TRUCK to be the most majestic event in the region.
This year, the exposition includes a sharing of comprehensive logistical transport knowledge. BUS & TRUCK ’19 will set up seminars that bring in gurus from different fields to share experience and expertise for 3 full days of the event. LTFT and its associates will also participate in the seminars, ensuring utmost benefits to all who join in.
Mr. Apichart also mentions that amidst the PM 2.5 pollution situation in Thailand, large vehicle operators are not the major culprit to have caused the problem. They are, in fact, aware of the situation and prompt for solution to the problem. This leads LTFT to an idea of utilizing more electric trucks as some countries like Germany and China have manufactured electric vehicles i.e. motorbike, 4-6 wheeler, and truck. Meanwhile, some local operators in Thailand have tested electric vehicles for service to find out that they work quite well. However, a portion of the operators discovered problems regarding battery instability of the electric vehicles, requiring more study of batteries manufactured to last 7-8 years in service life.
“We have been in fair discussion with Mr. Arkhom Termpittayapaisith, Minister of Transport, regarding the electric truck”, said Mr.Apichart. “To bring them in, we need government support on lowering the import tax. For example, a vehicle manufactured at 1 million baht in another country ought to be sold locally at 1.3 to 1.4 million baht to encourage operators to make purchase. This will be just as successful as the government once shifted operators to use NGV for fuel, considering their capital and loans. Gasoline-based vehicle is at 3-3.5 million baht in manufacturing cost. While European vehicle is priced at 5-6 million baht, Euro 5 gasoline-based vehicle is priced at over 4 million baht. It is forecast that within 1-2 years, Thailand will need to bring these vehicles in for service. Electric trucks should be fairly cheaper due to less mechanical components to drive the electrical system.”
In retrospect, electric truck can go 100 kilometers per 1 charge, with 8 hours of charge time it can go 250-300 kilometers. Charging stations can be installed in local existing gas stations, enabling 10-20 services per station. Installing these charging stations is up to operators to decide on the number of units in each area. Some areas may be suitable for more if they are the main logistics hub, for instance Bangkok-Nakorn Ratchasima route will benefit most from a charging station situated at Pak Chong district in Nakorn Ratchasima.
Furthermore, electric trucks will help boost confidence in operators to be worriless on gasoline smuggling sometimes done by employee as well as lowering the overall operation costs. This leads to helping service users to pay less for good service. Also, the trucks are linked logistically with other countries like China who utilize electric vehicles. If the route requires traveling to China, charging and service stations will be available.