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JICA Reveals Electric Vehicle Study
Source: http://www.vientianetimes.org.la/FreeContent/FreeConten_Jica.htm
Source Date: Thursday, January 09, 2014
Focus: Institution and HR Management
Country: Lao People's Democratic Republic
Created: Jan 09, 2014

Japanese International Cooperation Agency (JICA) presented a feasibility study on electric vehicles (EVs) to Ministry of Public Works and Transport officials at a workshop on low-emission transport systems yesterday.

The study highlighted that low-emission transport can be a catalyst to promoting su stainable development in Laos with the use of EVs offering potential savings on vehicle operating costs and fuel, a reduction of greenhouse gasses and an improvement of air quality and noise reductio n .

The feasibility study identifies Laos as one of the most advantageous countries for EVs to operate, citing the vehicles could generate significant benefits and contribute to sustainable development.

Currently there is general approval from the government about the benefits of EVs but official guidelines have yet to be issued on the entry and use of these vehicles on Lao roads.

The vehicles have started to appear on the international market and JICA's report recommends the government establish a taskforce under the ministry involving stakeholders from both public and private sectors to design and implement a pilot project to establish an initial platform and management framework to guide dissemination of EVs in Laos.

Despite the county currently having no detailed regulations on electric vehicles, high numbers of Lao people have started to take interest and see the importance of EVS, Minister of Public Works and Transport, Mr Sommad Pholsena said at the workshop.

The minister has already proposed the government, in particular the Ministry of Finance, consider making the tax on the vehicles as little as possible.

Chief Representative of JICA Laos Office Mr Koichi Takei said the Lao government should take a leading role and devote mobilised resources to sustain the initiative.

Mr Takei said the electrification of the transport system could address pressing issues in both energy and transport sectors.

The study reports that EVs should be viewed as no different from internal combustion engine vehicles (ICEVs) except for their motive power, requiring vehicle registration and driver licensing.

By Times Reporters
(Latest Update January 10, 2014)
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