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An electric car is seen during the opening of a PTT Pcl energy firm's commercial EV (Electric Vehicle) charging station, in Bangkok, Thailand August 15, 2016.   © Reuters

Electric vehicle race is on in Southeast Asia

Thailand and Malaysia most likely to attract investment in domestic production

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  • Thailand is leading other Southeast Asian countries in providing incentives for consumers and investors to boost its domestic electric vehicle industry.
  • Malaysia is dealing with Chinese manufacturers to speed up the adoption of battery-only electric cars.
  • Nissan has the best chance of a successful battery-only EV debut in the region.

Not wanting to miss out on the next transport technology revolution, Southeast Asian policymakers are racing to accelerate the adoption of electric vehicles as a step to becoming a regional manufacturing hub.

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