Mitsubishi Motors Thailand Joins Hands with EGAT to Pioneer Virtual Power Plant Project in Preparation for Public Participation

BANGKOK – October 20, 2022: Mitsubishi Motors (Thailand) Co., Ltd, in support of Electricity Generating Authority of Thailand’s (EGAT) Virtual Power Plant (VPP) feasibility study, has commenced the demonstration phase that utilizes the Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV to feed electricity back to the grid (Vehicle-to-Grid, or V2G). This is the first time in Thailand for the VPP collaboration to occur at an organizational level. Under ERC Sandbox Phase 2, the project aims at supporting Thailand’s power stabilization using electrified cars.

Mr. Arata Takahashi, Senior Vice President, Marketing Strategy Unit, Mitsubishi Motors Thailand Co., Ltd., said, “Mitsubishi Motors Thailand is excited to be partnering with EGAT to support Thailand’s electricity roadmap towards a Zero Carbon society, which is in line with our commitment to continuously develop advanced technologies in renewable energy for Thailand. As one of the most technologically-advanced and environmentally-friendly vehicles in the market, the Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV is the perfect vehicle for the VPP project as it is equipped with CHAdeMo charging technology, which is currently the only system that can charge and discharge electricity Bi-directionally. So, the vehicle serves as a source of backup power supply with the ability to discharge electricity from its PHEV battery, and deliver electricity to grid (V2G) or even to building (V2B).”

Ms. Rangsinee Prakij, Director of Business Development, EGAT said “EGAT holds true to our important missions of fostering the Electric Vehicle (EV) ecosystem, and promoting wider use of Electric Vehicles in Thailand, in line with our Carbon Neutrality target by 2050. As we are responsible for the country’s electricity stability, we always need to ensure the readiness of the power grid towards the growth of EVs. Mitsubishi Motors Thailand is the first organization in Thailand to collaborate with EGAT to conduct feasibility study regarding Virtual Power Plant (VPP) concept under the ERC Sandbox Phase 2. We will test the viability of supplying electricity back to the building (V2B), at the Mitsubishi Motors Education Academy, as well as from Vehicle-to-Grid (V2G). The information gathered will help establish requirements and regulations towards the transformation of energy consumption in the near future, along with preparing for commercial scalability.”

The Virtual Power Plant project is an energy-efficient and environmentally-responsible technology solution and aims to drive Thailand towards a Zero Carbon society, align with Mitsubishi Motors Thailand’s policy. Mitsubishi Motors Thailand and EGAT are confident that this technology is the solution to promote energy stabilization in the future as demand for electricity increases.

Mitsubishi Motors Thailand has converted Mitsubishi Motors Education Academy into VPP demonstration lab by installing the world’s first home-use intelligent bi-directional charger, Wallbox Quasar, for this experiment. Meanwhile, EGAT has studied and remotely tested the charging and discharging of electricity between the Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV under a variety of simulated environments including blackout and during peak demand periods. The cooperation will contribute to the stability of Thailand’s power grid, reduce greenhouse gas emissions and optimize electricity consumption.

To reinforce Mitsubishi Motors Thailand’s commitment on renewable energy, the company has already installed two rooftop solar systems: One at its Laem Chabang facility, generating electricity of 2 MW, with a target to reduce more than 6,100 tons of CO2 emissions each year; the other at Mitsubishi Motors Education Academy with an electricity generating capacity of 30 kW. Moreover, Mitsubishi Motors Thailand continues to support CSR project called ‘Solar for Lives’, whereby the company would install solar panel systems to generate electricity at 40 community hospitals throughout Thailand by 2032. The project will help reduce the hospitals’ carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions of more than 17,300 tons over the next ten years.

About Mitsubishi Motors Thailand (MMTh)

Mitsubishi Motors (Thailand) Co., Ltd., the largest plant in the MMC group and an export hub to more than 120 countries, is one of Thailand’s leading automotive manufacturers committed to produce and sell a range of vehicles that are eco-friendly, high in quality, performance, safety, comfort, technology and customer satisfaction. In 2018, MMTH officially opened Education Academy in Pathum Thani and celebrated a total production of six million units at the beginning of 2021. MMTh’s current range of vehicles includes MITSUBISHI TRITON, MITSUBISHI PAJERO SPORT, MITSUBISHI ATTRAGE, MITSUBISHI MIRAGE, MITSUBISHI XPANDER, MITSUBISHI XPANDER CROSS and MITSUBISHI OUTLANDER PHEV. To ensure the highest quality, MMTh uses its proving ground in Si Racha, Chonburi to assess products from design and prototype stages to pre-production and commercialization. This ensures customers take delivery of vehicles that are second-to-none in all aspects of quality.

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