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Thailand's EV drive gets a boost from PTT and Banpu rental apps

Traditional energy companies aim to build trust in green cars, win over consumers

National oil and gas conglomerate PTT Group is using its "EVme" app to make it easy for consumers to become familiar with electric vehicles.   © Reuters

BANGKOK -- Two of Thailand's biggest fossil fuel suppliers are shifting gear with forays into electric vehicle production and rental platforms that hope to turn short-term EV hires into purchases down the road.

State-backed oil and gas company PTT Group has invested in the "EVme" rental app through its subsidiary EVme Plus. The app launched on Feb. 15 and offers several choices, ranging from budget cars to premium models such as the Jaguar I Pace, Lexus UX 300e and Tesla Model 3.

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