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Nissan Leaf launched in Thailand, EV goes for RM252k

Edaran Tan Chong Motor (ETCM) is previewing the new Nissan Leaf at the Kuala Lumpur International Motor Show (KLIMS). The premiere of the second-generation electric vehicle here falls in line with that mentioned earlier this year, when it was stated that the car was due to get its first public showing at the event. The […]

Taiwan’s Kymco brings electric scooters to Philippines

MANILA — Taiwanese motorcycle maker Kymco said Tuesday it hoped the government would back its electric scooter foray in the country to help cut air pollution. The Philippines has huge potential for electric scooters, given the government’s pro-environment programs, even if electricity in the country is expensive, said Kymco Philippines President Frank Yang. Kymco has […]

The most important country for the global climate no one is talking about

Indonesia is one of the world’s largest emitters of greenhouse gases, but manages to fly well below the radar. World leaders are gathered this month in Katowice, Poland, for COP24, the most important global meeting on climate change since the 2015 UN Climate Conference in Paris. At the top of agenda: getting countries to agree on […]

Energy group Total and Corbion start up new Thai bioplastics plant

PARIS (Reuters) – French energy group Total (TOTF.PA) and Dutch partner Corbion (CORB.AS) said they had started operations at their new bioplastics plant in Rayong, Thailand. The plant run by the joint venture Total Corbion PLA would be able to produce 75,000 tonnes a year of poly lactic acid (PLA), which is experiencing rising demand. […]

BMW To Start Manufacturing Electric Car Batteries In Thailand In 2019

BMW will assemble battery packs in Thailand, too. In the case of BMW Group, the primary battery pack production site is in Dingolfing, Germany, but step-by-step the company is launching also other smaller sites around the world to localize battery assembly. There is already a BMW battery facility in Spartanburg, U.S. as well as in Shenyang, […]

Construction on $4 billion Indonesia EV battery project begins Jan 2019: minister

JAKARTA (Reuters) – Developers will begin building a lithium battery project in Morowali, on the Indonesian island of Sulawesi, on Jan. 11, Coordinating Maritime Minister Luhut Pandjaitan said on Friday. The $4 billion project involves investors from South Korea, Japan and China, Pandjaitan told reporters, without naming the companies involved or providing further details on […]

NYK to Participate in Demonstration of Tidal Energy in Singapore

Yesterday, NYK and MTI Co. Ltd. have reached an agreement to participate in a long-term demonstration of tidal energy being sponsored by MAKO Energy Pte. Ltd.* and Sentosa Development Corporation**, which will provide the demonstration site. The demonstration will start next spring in a first-time attempt to commercialize tidal energy in Singapore. 1.Background In accordance […]

Singapore’s GIC backs EV charging network ChargePoint’s $240m funding

Singapore’s sovereign wealth fund GIC has joined a group of investors backing the $240-million Series H funding in ChargePoint, a California-headquartered electric vehicle charging network, according to an announcement. ChargePoint claims to have more than 57,000 independently owned public and semi-public charging spots and thousands of customers. Other investors in the round include American Electric […]

25th meeting of Mekong Council reviews work on river

Quang Ninh (VNA) – The 25th meeting of the Mekong River Commission (MRC) Council was convened in Ha Long city, the northern province of Quang Ninh, on November 28. It brought together 120 delegates from the council’s four member countries of Cambodia, Laos, Thailand and Vietnam. The commission’s dialogue partners – China and Myanmar, and […]

Southeast Asia’s electric car revolution

Driving attitudes across the region has changed dramatically with the introduction of electric vehicles into the personal mobility market. As more and more consumers become environmentally conscious, the demand for electric vehicles has seen an uptick. A report by Bloomberg New Energy Finance (BNEF) indicates that in 2040, 54 percent of cars sold will be […]