ABeam Consulting helps Thailand Post go green with EV technology transformation
ABeam Consulting supports “The study project on introduction of EVs to Thailand Post” under the Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communications of Japan
ABeam Consulting and ABeam Consulting (Thailand) have been assigned the role of project coordinator by Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communications of Japan for “The study project on introduction of EVs to Thailand Post” that aims to strengthen Thailand Post’s operational transformation towards an eco-friendlier delivery of packages and postal parcels by lower carbon-emissions, while exploring the practical use of electric vehicles (EVs) in Thailand.
The project, which demonstrates shared commitment to drive Thailand toward a carbon-neutral society, is expected to contribute to facilitating the decarbonization of postal operation by EVs and the optimization of delivery of packages and postal parcel as a part of Thailand Post’s business strategy and ESG strategy. As a backdrop of the project, we can refer to the collaborative relationship between Japan and Thailand, building on the Memorandum of Cooperation in the Postal Field between the Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communications of Japan and the Ministry of Digital Economy and Society of the Kingdom of Thailand, which was first signed in November 2016 and renewed in August 2021. Bearing that in mind, joining the projects are also Mitsubishi Motors (Thailand) Co., Ltd. and PTT Oil and Retail Business Plc. (OR), that provide EVs and charging stations respectively.
“As a firm with expertise in digital transformation and core value in sustainable development, it is our absolute pleasure to participate in this project,” says Ichiro Hara Managing Director and SEA Leader of ABeam Consulting (Thailand) Ltd. “We hope that this initiative will lead to further development of Thailand Post’s ESG according to its sustainability strategy. We also hope that by further accelerating the promotion of EVs in Thailand, we can contribute to the realization of carbon neutrality in 2050.”
The initiative aims to implement environmental-friendly postal delivery of Thailand Post using clean energy to minimize carbon emission and control the fluctuating fuel cost. These carbon-reduction plans have been in effect for over three consecutive years, and this year will see the increasing use of electric vehicles in the practical delivery system.
Dr. Danan Suphatthaphan, President of Thailand Post Co., Ltd. says that “In 2023, Thailand Post has plans to emphasize on the development of environmental-friendly routes as we see that the country’s economic growth relies on efficient logistics services. As Thailand Post offers nationwide delivery coverage, we need to reduce long-term fuel cost while maintaining low CO2 emissions since we can plan exact same routes to deliver parcels every day. We adopt the environmental-friendly Mitsubishi Minicab MiEV for postal delivery to lower the fuel costs, be friendlier to the Earth, in line with our carbon reduction target. In 2023, we will pilot the use of Mitsubishi Minicab MiEV in the delivery routes in Chonburi, and the Smart City of Phuket, which are trending with high-growth for the logistics business, prior to rolling out to other regions.”
On February 2, 2023, Thailand Post, Mitsubishi Motors, PTT OR, Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communications of Japan and ABeam Consulting met in Phuket at the kick-off ceremony where background, objective, and approach of this study were shared and further discussed. The project will use battery-powered Mitsubishi Minicab MiEV to deliver parcels to customers on hilly terrains in Phuket and Chonburi.
ABeam Consulting and ABeam Consulting (Thailand) will help the project research in Thailand EV market, collect and analyze data and behavior on the real-world field data from Thailand Post’s logistic operations, and explore the potential of widespread adoption of EV in Thailand.
In the photo from left to right
- Abhijit Sengupta Head of Business SEA & India HERE Technologies
- Ichiro Hara Managing Director and SEA Leader of ABeam Consulting (Thailand) Ltd.
- Kimio Yatabe General Manager, Mobility Business Strategy Department Mitsubishi Motor Corporation
- Akira Goto Deputy Director, International Affairs Office Postal Service Policy Department Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communications of Japan
- Eiichi Koito President & CEO Mitsubishi Motors (Thailand) Co., Ltd.
- Nares Chaiyawong Chief Operating Systems and Metropolitan Operating Officer Thailand Post
- Waraporn Kongkiewphan Chief Corporate Strategy Officer Thailand Post
- Songpon Thepnumsommanus Senior Executive Vice President PTT Oil and Retail Business PCL
- Sarote Maartlert Senior Vice President, Sales, Aftersales and Network improvement Units Mitsubishi Motors (Thailand) Co., Ltd.
- Arata Takahashi Senior Vice President, Marketing Strategy Units Mitsubishi Motors (Thailand) Co., Ltd.