Japanese automaker Nissan Motor Co has closed its factory in Indonesia and plans to make Thailand its lone manufacturing base in ASEAN with a long-term business plan, Thai Minister of Industry Suriya Juangroongruangkit said.
The minister was speaking after discussions with Nissan Motor (Thailand) Co president Ramesh Narasimha about Nissan closing its factory in Indonesia to consolidate the production base for export in Thailand, its only base in the ASEAN region.
Recently, the company launched Nissan Kicks, a 100 per cent electric car without charging which brings the new e-Powers technology to the cars manufactured in Thailand.
In addition, Suriya said the company has announced a long-term business plan in Thailand for both hybrid car manufacturing and electric cars, which has been approved by the Board of Investment.
This shows investor confidence in the direction and policy of the government’s automotive industry development, he said. This will benefit employment and the economy of Thailand further.
As for measures to support the production of electric cars in Thailand, the ministry has reassured on car procurement for executives in government agencies and state enterprises.
The ministry has assigned relevant agencies to discuss with the Budget Office to further define the characteristics of electric vehicles which will allow government agencies to purchase electric cars for use.
Suriya said other measures to support electric vehicles, such as additional benefits for people who buy electric vehicles, will be discussed and pushed under the National Electric Vehicle Policy Committee to enable Thailand to achieve its goal of becoming the world’s major electric vehicle production base.
THE NATION (THAILAND)/ASIA NEWS NETWORK