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Coastal city Rayong, sitting on the east coast of the Gulf of Thailand and capital of Rayong Province, is set to launch an Electric Vehicle (EV) charging station featuring Huawei Digital Power HiCharger technology. Chosen by Polytechnology, Thailand's leading player in electric mobility solutions and Electronic Charging (EC) stations, for its superb efficiency and reliability, Huawei's 20 kW HiCharger Direct Current (DC) Charging Module provides stable and fast charging for local EV buses.
In March 2021, the Thai government passed the country's latest EV policy, with the aim of making all vehicles produced in Thailand electric by 2035. While the policy demonstrates the country's commitment to improving environmental protection, it also proved a welcome boost to the local EV industry.
Indeed, EV vehicles are ultimately expected to replace Internal Combustion Engine (ICE) vehicles entirely, helping to lower carbon emissions and reduce the presence of Particulate Matter 2.5 (PM2.5) pollutants. With that, EV charging technology is expected to be able to support more than just vehicles, acting as a node between the grid and the Internet of Vehicles (IoV) and playing a part in wider charging infrastructure. Such technology paves the way for the future realization of vehicle-to-grid and vehicle-to-home capabilities, too.
While the deployment of EV charging technology has long been a topic of discussion in South East Asia, those words have rarely been put into action. A major challenge revolves around Capital Expenditure (CAPEX): investing in EV charging stations involves huge costs, putting massive pressure on investors. In order to ease that pressure somewhat and protect initial investments, charging infrastructure must be highly reliable, highly efficient, and easily scalable for future evolution.
Nevertheless, with the industry buoyed by the government's commitments, and despite high costs, more and more programs and campaigns are being launched across Thailand, supporting the implementation of EV projects.
Thanks to its high reliability, high efficiency, and wide output voltage range, Polytechnology chose Huawei to supply and install its HiCharger module for its end-customer. Equipped with smart Operations and Maintenance (O&M) functions, the charging module's annual failure rate falls below 0.2%, boasting 1–2% better efficiency than the industry average. Such high efficiency slashes O&M costs and electricity fees, in return.
Huawei's 20 kW HiCharger DC Charging Module also features high-voltage fast charging, enabling the station to provide up to 1000 V DC. The module is also capable of adapting to the high voltage cars that will arrive in the near-future, further protecting customer investment. Such features ensure that the charging station in Rayong will be able to provide fast and stable electricity for EVs for many years to come.
This successful cooperation represents a milestone for Huawei's charging business in the Asia-Pacific region. Polytechnology will continue to cooperate with Huawei to promote the development of charging infrastructure and the industry in Thailand. And Huawei will continue providing its latest technology and services to help customers reap commercial value as well as promote sustainable development.