Cambodia wants to import electric vehicles from the United States

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As the government pushes for the use of electric vehicles, the Ministry of Public Works and Transport has urged US automakers to open showrooms in Cambodia. Minister Sun Chanthol made the statements yesterday at the ceremonial opening of a Caltex station in Phnom Penh’s Dangkor neighborhood, which also featured the country’s second electric vehicle charging station.

Chanthol asked Patrick Murphy, who works as the United States Ambassador to Cambodia and also who was present at the ceremony, to assist in promoting and encouraging US electric vehicle manufacturers to enter Cambodia.

“We hope that Ambassador Patrick Murphy would welcome Reben, Workhorse, Tesla, Ford, and all other US-based electric vehicle manufacturers to open shops in Cambodia to promote their products,” Chanthol stated. Chanthol also lobbied for US companies to invest in electric vehicle chargers in Cambodia.

The use of electric vehicles has increased dramatically in the Kingdom. 47 electric vehicles have been registered in the first 3 months of this year, a 700% increase over the seven registered vehicles in the same period last year. Currently, only a few EV stations are operational, but many more are expected to open soon at petrol stations throughout Phnom Penh and the provinces.

“We support more US businesses to make an investment in Cambodia in order to help the country build a bright future,” Chanthol said. According to Murphy, Cambodia is a vast country in terms of economic growth, and US corporations import high-quality items to suit the demands of Cambodians, noting this as the cornerstone of bilateral trade growth between the two countries.

“We believe Cambodia is a developing market. Coca-Cola and Ford, for example, have factories in Cambodia,” he explained. “We’ve discussed ways to improve the investment environment with senior minister Sun Chanthol and others,” Murphy added.

According to a report from the General Department of Customs and Excise, bilateral trade between Cambodia and the United States reached $2,226 million in the first quarter of this year, up 41.5 percent from the same period last year. Cambodian exports to the United States totaled $2,150 million, up 43.7 percent year on year, while imports fell 0.8% to $76.8 million.

Vehicle emissions, tourism, agriculture, mining, the garment industry, road dust, electricity generation, and congested traffic are all major contributors to air pollution in Cambodia.

Chou Koksal, an EV researcher at Cambodia’s Institute of Technology, concurred that the country’s expanding number of gasoline-powered vehicles poses a larger threat to the environment and public health. Internal combustion engines (ICE), he continued, have a slew of negative consequences, the most serious of which being CO2 emissions, which contribute considerably to climate change and global warming.

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