USTDA Supports Electric Vehicle Transition in Thailand
Bangkok, Thailand – The U.S. Trade and Development Agency has awarded a grant toSCG International Corporation Co., Ltd. (SCG International),Cement–Building Materials Business, SCG, to advancethe company’sambitious decarbonization strategy. USTDA’s assistance will provide a roadmap to guide the electrification of vehicle fleets and deployment of EV charging infrastructure across Thailand. SCGInternationalhas selected Kansas–based Black & Veatch Management Consulting to carry out thetechnicalassistance.
“USTDA’s partnership with SCG Internationalwill catalyze private sector investment to support Thailand’s green economic transition and bring substantial benefits, including improved air quality,” said Enoh T. Ebong, USTDA’s Acting Director. “Through ourassistance we are also expanding opportunities for U.S. companies to partner with Thailand as it seekshigh–quality electric vehiclesolutions in support of its climate priorities.”
The USTDA study will deliver detailed analysis and plans to accelerate EV adoption and the installation of charging stations and integrated renewable energy infrastructure at hundreds of sites for SCG’s Cement–Building Materials Business in Thailand. The assistance will also design pilot projects at three identified sites for SCGInternationalto test the viability of electrifying its substantialfleet of logistics and commuter vehicles and ready–mix concrete trucks.
“This project with SCG International, which pairs American innovation with Thai ambition, is exactly the kind of joint effort that we need at this critical point in our race to address the climate crisis,” said Michael Health, Chargé d’Affairesat the U.S. Embassy in Bangkok. “At the same time, this project demonstrates how our joint efforts to address common challenges can create opportunities for both Thai and American companies.”
“Thailand and the United States share a common vision in forging green economy and sustainable development, particularly through the application of new technologies and innovation,” said Witchu Vejjajiva,Director–General of the Department of American andSouth Pacific Affairs. “This partnership between USTDA and SCG revolving around the development of EVs and its ecosystem in Thailand has strengthened our effort to promote clean energy and green growth. It is our hope that it will serve as a catalyst for further cooperation between USTDA and Thai private sector to advance sustainable economic development in Thailand and the wider Mekong subregion.”
Abhijit Datta, Managing Director of SCG International, added: “SCG International is fully committed to advancingSCG Group’s decarbonization objectives, reducinggreenhouse gas emissions and achievingnet zero transitionby 2050. I would like to express our sincere gratitude to USTDA as well as Black & Veatch for their support, guidanceand efforts that have made this project possible. We look forward to our strong future collaboration.”