Looking to industry leaders at manufacturing hotpots like Japan, Germany & China, it would appear the early arrival of the electric age when it comes to motor vehicle transport is already well and truly upon us.
In Laos, a milestone was marked with the holding of the nation’s first electric vehicle summit and MoU signing last week in the capital Vientiane at the very first Lao National Electric Vehicle Summit.
. The agreement will see the trial of vehicle charging stations and technology to push progress towards a future where electric vehicles are more free to traverse the highways and byways of Laos and beyond.
ພາບບັນຍາກາດງານ LAO National Electric Vehicle Summit 2019
Posted by EVLao on ວັນພະຫັດ ທີ 4 ເມສາ 2019
“The future is already here – it’s just not evenly distributed.” – William Gibson
At a time when technology is progressing faster than ever, these words attributed to futurist and science-fiction writer William Gibson are revealing.
It doesn’t take a genius to guess that in the future, roads in Laos are expected to see many more electric cars than we can see today.
A net electricity exporter and fuel oil importer, one can see the attraction of electric vehicles even before the other benefits are taken into account.
Yet with a transformation this big, there is plenty to consider.
Preparing the socio-economy for the changing needs of the modern era as they quickly transforming with the availability of cleaner energy technologies involves resolutions to complicated challenges.
Given that successful deployment of electric vehicles in Laos requires public and private partnerships, It is important to look at technical mechanisms for using electric vehicles in Laos as well as tax policies and the expected infrastructure investment profiles.
EV Lao and EDL agree to trial electric vehicles
An aim is to study the feasibility of using the electricity system to provide energy-powered vehicles in the Lao PDR.
On the morning of April 2, 2019, at Landmark Hotel in Vientiane, a memorandum of understanding (MOU) was held jointly with EV Lao Co., Ltd. between the Lao Electric Power Enterprise EDL and EV Lao Company Limited.
How long until the entire world (& Laos!) has electric cars?
It’s a billion dollar question.
What we do know is that the vehicle fleet in Laos, as in other countries, must become less carbon intensive if we are to avoid the worst effects of catastrophic climate change.
While not exactly at the leading edge of uptake, prospects for electric vehicles in Laos are positive from the current low base.
The movements in the global environment and technical landscape are favoring the development of low carbon transportation in ways never seen before.
Laos will be affected by developments worldwide and in major manufacturing hubs.
The nation’s capacity to benefit will depend on both regulators, public and private sectors to grab a hold of the wheel and steer Laos to a cleaner motoring future.