Mitsubishi Motors Corporation’s (MMC) Thai subsidiary, Mitsubishi Motors (Thailand) Co., Ltd. (MMTh) has agreed to start joint testing of the i-MiEV electric vehicle (EV) with the Metropolitan Electricity Authority (MEA) and PEA ENCOM International Co., Ltd. (PEA ENCOM).
MMC agreed with the government of Thailand on December 2010 to start a joint study for fleet testing of EVs. Based on the new agreements made this time, through two local electric companies, MMC will start specific testing for the popularization of EVs in Thailand, such as researching acceptability, marketability, as well as the charging infrastructure. The power supply structure in Thailand is divided into generation, transmission and distribution; both MEA and PEA ENCOM are responsible for distribution.
After its launch in Japan, the i-MiEV has been sequentially rolled out internationally to Hong Kong, Australia, New Zealand, Chile, 19 countries throughout Europe, among others, and also is planned for rollout in the United States and Canada this fall. In addition, MMC is in cooperation with numerous governments in their EV popularization initiatives, including the Principality of Monaco, Iceland, Denmark, Singapore.
The Metropolitan Electricity Authority (MEA) is a state-owned utility. The MEA is responsible to acquire and supply the electric energy in the areas of Bangkok Metropolis, Samut Prakan and Nonthaburi provinces and to carry out the business related to electric energy.
PEA ENCOM International Co., Ltd. or PEA ENCOM, the subsidiary of the Provincial Electricity Authority (PEA), was established as a state enterprise for the purpose of engaging in domestic and international business related to power energy investment. One mission is to develop renewable energy with sustainability in order to achieve sufficient revenues to facilitate further development which complies with the Thai Government Policy for the promotion of rational use of renewable energy.