Logo of Phnom Penh Post newspaper Phnom Penh Post - Transport ministry registers over 700 EVs

Transport ministry registers over 700 EVs

Content image - Phnom Penh Post
Electric-vehicle (EV) charging points installed at the Minister of Public Works and Transport. TRANSPORT MINISTRY

Transport ministry registers over 700 EVs

Minister of Public Works and Transport Sun Chanthol said that from last year to the present the ministry had registered more than 700 electric vehicles (EV). The ministry will continue to promote EV use as a meansa to reduce environmental pollution.

Chanthol spoke at the meeting to review work outcomes for 2022 and to outline work direction for 2023 held under the theme “continue improving the quality of infrastructure construction and the transportation system’s efficiency, sustainability, environmental impacts and human resource development” on February 15.

He said that Cambodia currently has nine EV charging kiosks, of which four were donated by the UNDP to the public works ministry. One of the four kiosks is at the ministry headquarters in Phnom Penh; each of the other three is in Sihanoukville, Siem Reap town and Battambang town.

He added that the private sector also donated three EV charging kiosks to the ministry, while Caltex Cambodia has installed one EV charging kiosks in Prey Sar commune and another one at Aeon Mall Sen Sok.

“We will further encourage people to start using electric vehicles. We have registered more than 700 vehicles so far,” he said.

The minister added that using EV is financially beneficial to the drivers as the import taxes are reduced and the cost of charging was cheaper than buying fuel.

By working with the private sector, another 200 EV charging kiosks will be installed nationwide in the near future, he said.

“2023 is the year to boost the use of EV. Our development partner UNDP has also provided us with 30 electric motorcycles for testing. We have also worked with Nham24 and Food Panda delivery services to encourage them to use electric motorcycles to help reduce pollution,” he said.

Ministry of Environment spokesman Neth Pheaktra said on February 15 that the environment ministry supported the call by Chanthol to encourage people to use EV as it is a more environmentally friendly means of transport.

Pheaktra said that pushing for the use of electricity and renewable energy was an important part of a long-term development policy to neutralize carbon emissions.

He noted that the transport sector is one of the areas that needs to increase the use of public transportation to 30 per cent in urban areas by 2050. And the plan is for the Kingdom to be using 70 per cent EV for larger vehicles and 40 per cent EV for motorcycles in urban areas by 2050.

“On behalf of the environment ministry, I urge people to participate in using EV because it saves money and does not harm the environment. And please do not worry about the technology or the charging kiosks because we will be adding various locations as it is part of what we are pushing for as a whole,” he said.

The environment ministry spokesman added that in addition to the public works and transportation sector, there were other areas of environmental concern where reforms would be focused: Agriculture, forestry and land use, energy, industrial processes, product use and waste management.


  • Bareknuckle champion wants Kun Khmer fighter

    Dave Leduc, who is the current openweight Lethwei boxing champion in Myanmar, has announced that he will travel to Cambodia this year to challenge SEA Games gold medallist Prum Samnang any time that is convenient, after their planned match later this month in Slovakia was

  • Five-year-old Hanuman dances his way into hearts of Cambodia

    A young talent from a new-established settlement has emerged, captivating the online world with his mesmerising performances of the traditional Cambodian monkey dance. Roeun Kakada is a five-year-old prodigy who has taken the social media sphere by storm with his exceptional dance skills and dedication

  • Fresh Covid warnings as Thai hospital fills

    A senior health official reminds the public to remain vigilant, as neighbouring countries experience an increase in Covid-19 cases, with the latest surge appearing to be a result of the Omicron XBB.1.5 sub-variant. Or Vandine, secretary of state and spokeswoman for the Ministry of Health,

  • Honda shutters Siem Reap football club

    Japanese football legend Keisuke Honda, the owner of Siem Reap football club Soltilo Angkor FC, has been forced to shut the club down, after it failed to attract sponsorship for the upcoming season. Honda, the former manager of the Cambodia men's national football team, said

  • PM declares ASEAN Para Games open

    The 12th ASEAN Para Games officially kicked off on the evening of June 3 at Morodok Techo National Stadium in Phnom Penh, with a spectacular opening ceremony featuring fireworks and performances by some of the Kingdom’s most accomplished talents. Tens of thousands of sports fans

  • Hun Sen warns of regional tensions

    ASIA is becoming a dangerous geopolitical hotspot, with several countries announcing that they intend to send naval vessels towards Southeast Asia and on to the South China Sea, warned Prime Minister Hun Sen. “Heated geopolitical issues can easily escalate, namely to war. I am not