Kingdom registers 1,335 EV units

Kingdom registers 1,335 EV units

Cambodia is making progress toward clean energy as the number of registered electric vehicles (EVs) in the country has reached 1,335 units.

The Ministry of Public Works and Transport registered 604 new EVs last year, according to a report from the Ministry of Public Works and Transport issued last week.

EVs have gained momentum in Cambodia in recent years, the report said, adding that the Kingdom logged only five EVs in 2020 and the number of new EV registrations was 63 in 2021 and up to 663 in 2022.

Currently, EV charging stations are available at 18 locations in the country, according to the report.

Udom Pisey, EV Manager of Car4You, a local auto firm selling EVs imported from China, said the number of people using EVs has increased significantly as users have started realizing their benefits, particularly emission reduction to the environment.

“People are interested in using EVs because they are aware of benefits such as saving the cost of gasoline and spare parts compared to normal vehicles,” Pisey told Khmer Times.

Cambodia is committed to having 40 percent of EV cars and 70 percent of electric motorbikes by 2050 to reduce carbon emissions, according to the Ministry of Public Works and Transport.

The government has developed a strategic policy to turn Cambodia into a regional and global production hub for automotive and electronic components, by drawing more investment to the sector and boosting exports.×280&!2&btvi=1&fsb=1&dtd=189

To achieve this goal, the government has reduced import duties on EVs since 2021 to about 50 percent lower than taxes on traditional internal combustion engine vehicles.

According to the report, the ministry licensed 652,163 vehicles in 2023, bringing a total of 7.56 million registered vehicles in Cambodia. Of them, there were 6.14 million motorcycles. khmertimeskh

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