Number of electric vehicles (EVs) rolling on the roads in Cambodia is expected to increase as the government is drafting policy to support the sector, especially calling on private sector to invest on infrastructure to support the EVs.

The remarks were made in a panel discussion on Electrification of Vehicles for a Cleaner Cambodia, held on Nov. 4 at the Raffles Hotel Le Royal.

The discussion was attended by H.E. Sun Chanthol, Senior Minister and Minister of Public Works and Transport, H.E. Keo Rattanak, Director General of the Electricité du Cambodge (EdC), H.E. Ms. Tina Redshaw, British Ambassador to Cambodia, and H.E. Pablo Kang, Australian Ambassador to Cambodia.

EVs in Cambodia is still low in number compared to registered normal vehicles, said H.E. Sun Chanthol.

H.E. Minister continued that the number of EVs will increase gradually in Cambodia in the near future, and appealed to government-private partnership to join in the sector.

The discussion was to explore the benefits and challenges of increasing the number of EVs in Cambodia and the impacts on Cambodian economy, the environment, transport and urban planning, and the electricity grid.

The Australian government has been supporting the Ministry of Mines and Energy to develop a Renewable Energy Assessment and Integration Strategy that can act as a blueprint to policymakers on integrating more variable renewable energy into the electricity grid, read a note from the Australian Embassy.

Australia is also the Founding Sponsor of Clean Energy Week 2021, which was held last week, it added.

“We look forward to working with Cambodia to help facilitate the uptake of more such vehicles, and strengthening the role variable renewable energy can play in making this happen,” it underlined.

Source: Agency Kampuchea Press

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