Thailand continues to embrace more & more electric vehicles thanks to subsidies and additional value-added tax (VAT) reduction privileges provided by the Thai government. The latest EV to be launched in Thailand is the Neta V produced by Hozon Auto of China, which is the same company that develops Neta S and the Magic Kid.
Initially the Neta V will be imported as CBU whereas local CKD production in Thailand is expected to commence soon. Available only in a single trim, the Neta V in Thai market comes equipped with features such as dual airbags, 16-inch alloys, auto headlamps, LED DRLs, LED tail lamps, keyless entry with Ride & Go system, 12-inch digital instrument panel, 14.6-inch infotainment touchscreen with reverse camera, cruise control, electronic parking brake, synthetic leather upholstery, 6 speakers and 4-way adjustable electric front seats.
The Neta V is very affordable when it comes to the price. At just 549,000 baht (PKR 33.74 lac), it is priced similarly to the newly launched entry-level new Yaris Ativ. Under the skin it gets a 38.5 kWh lithium-ion battery powering an electric motor with 95 hp and 150 Nm. With this, the Neta V can achieve a top speed of 101 km/h, with a 384 km (NEDC) drive range.
Neta V in Thailand
The quoted AC charging time from 0-100% is approx. 8 hours, while DC fast charging from 30 to 80% takes around 30 minutes. And with a V2L power output function, the Neta V EV can also power your gear when needed.
In February this year, Thailand announced a series of incentives to boost the electric vehicle market, shortly after the government agreed on a package of financial incentives, including tax cut and subsidies to encourage EV consumption and production from this year until 2025. Because of this more & more EV cars are being introduced in the Island nation which will eventually overshadow the sales of ICE cars, as Thailand speeds up its EV adaptation.
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