Taiwan's electric vehicles have moved into a new southern market. The MOEA stated that the Mobility Taiwan Auto Research Consortium (mTARC) has realized three important achievements in its new southbound initiative. First was to hold the "2022 Taiwan Vehicle International Forum" in Bangkok, Thailand to attract more than 100 Thai companies to focus on the development of smart driving and electric vehicles in Taiwan. Secondly, it promoted the development of the Taiwan-Thailand electric vehicle industry chain and business opportunities and officially exporting domestic electric buses to Thailand on a mass-produced scale. Finally, it will cooperate with Thailand to build the largest lithium battery factory in ASEAN, which will expand production by 4 billion watt-hours within two years.
MOEA DOIT Section Chief Ho Hsiang-Wei stated, in recent years, technology projects have been used to promote the development of electric vehicle-related technologies and thousands of patents related to self-driving cars and electric vehicles have been established, covering the United States, Germany, Japan, Taiwan, and China. A total of more than 350 authorized patents are spread across 230 manufacturers, helping manufacturers to create nearly hundreds of billions in value. At the same time, the three key technologies of electric control, motor, and battery for domestically produced electric vehicles will be established, which will lay the foundation for electric vehicles in Taiwan. This time, entry into Thailand has achieved significant tiered development which is expected to inject a new southward direction for the electric vehicle industry in Taiwan. It is also expected to inject new life into Taiwan's electric vehicle industry and seize business opportunities in the Southeast Asian market.
The cooperation in vehicle delivery between Taiwan and Thailand during this trip to Thailand, was a highlight. The electric bus jointly developed by ITRI and Tron-e adopts core technologies such as a vehicle controller and lane assist maintenance developed by ITRI, as well as a power system, brake, and chassis structure developed by Taiwanese manufacturers, demonstrating Taiwan's electric buses’ ability integrate vehicle technology across industries has been successfully marketed in Thailand this year.
Tron-e Chairman Richard Huang pointed out that electric buses and self-driving cars are currently in trial operation in Bangkok. In the future, they will cooperate with ITRI in Thailand for self-driving cars, import key domestic components, and continue to provide customized smart transportation solutions for various regional markets.
In addition, there has also been considerable progress in the expansion of the southern lithium battery factories at this time. ITRI, Amita Technologies, and Thailand's EA Group jointly developed lithium battery technology for electric vehicles. The first phase of the production line with an annual production capacity of 1 billion watt-hours (1GWh) has been completed in Thailand and will be expanded by 4 billion watt-hours ( 4GWh) within 2 years.