Electric Vehicle Research and Development Project
Research and development of electric vehicles began with the reality of major traffic jams that now occur in Bangkok on a daily basis causing time-consuming traffic problems and serious pollution that affects public health.
The Electricity Generating Authority of Thailand believes that the way to solve the problem is by modifying the standard internal combustion engine so that basically it becomes an electric car. This will greatly reduce pollution generated by the transport sector. In 2010, the Electricity Generating Authority of Thailand (EGAT) and the Office of Science and Technology (NSTDA) realized they had a common interest in solving this problem and initiated research into creating electric vehicle prototypes. The goal is to design and develop the power source of electric cars by converting the standard internal combustion engine into an electrically powered vehicle so by-passing the pollution of fossil fuel engines. The vehicle will be 100% powered by a special battery (Battery Electric Vehicle / BEV) and plans to develop electric cars will cover three phases:
PHASE 1 (EV1) YEAR 2010 – 2016
Electric Vehicle Research and Development Project Phase 1 will modify two internal combustion automobiles to become electric cars: These are the Honda Jazz and Toyota Vios models. Some of the parts will be developed and some will be bought and assembled accordingly.
The modified Electric car - Honda Jazz, has performed test runs in Bangkok and metropolitan areas and performance data was collected. The test results showed that the car was able to drive a distance of 140 kilometers and average power used was 86 kW with an average speed of 70 kilometers per hour. The maximum average speed attainable is 130 kilometers per hour. Test runs of the modified Toyota Vios test run are expected to be completed by the year 2017.
Phase 2 (EV2) YEAR 2017 - 2018
Electric Vehicle Research and Development Project Phase 2 is aimed at extending the modification of electric cars to other models and also to develop and deploy vehicles commercially. This Phase has the goal of modifying and converting the internal combustion engine without limiting the brand or vehicle model. Its goal is to reduce the cost of converting the vehicle with a maximum cost of 200,000 Baht (battery not included). Another objective is to develop a prototype that is able to drive no less than 200 kilometers per charge (One Time Kit), along with engineering blueprint.
Phase 3 (EV3 ) YEAR 2019
Electric Vehicle Research and Development Project Phase 3 is aimed at coming up with a low-cost Conversion Kit and developing prototypes of field modification kits. The aim here is to promote an Electric Conversion Service Centre which offers training & technology to industry for production of the Conversion Kit and guidelines for entrepreneurs to use it so as to modify an ordinary car into an electric car.