PHNOM PENH: With the rising price of gasoline after two years of the coronavirus pandemic, it’s easy to see the toll on the general public, especially on those whose livelihood revolves around transportation. At the Electric Vehicle Showcase and Inauguration Ceremony of EV Charging Stations on the morning of 26 March 2022 at the Ministry of Public Works and Transport, Minister of Public Works and Transport, Senior Minister Sun Chanthol said that the growth of EV in Cambodia will contribute to the path of carbon neutrality by 2050.
Mr. Reth is one of many motto-taxi drivers in Cambodia who has been struggling financially due to the rising price of gasoline.
He said, “Presently, moto taxi has many problems because of the rising price of gasoline. Before I used to get 5000 to 6000 riel for a short distance and earned a little bit of money. With the rising price of gasoline, there’s no profit. Before I used to earn 30000 riel in a day, now that is hard to do.”
The government is aware of the issues inflicted on the people as well as fighting the climate crisis, and thus, the electric vehicle showcase from nine brands include BYD Cambodia, Car4You, Hongqi, Oyika, Onion Mobility, Jaguar, CominKhmere, Miku, and Voltra.
Senior Minister Sun Chanthol was surprised to see the variations of eclectic motorcycle and car brands in Cambodia including Onion Mobility tuk-tuks, or 3-wheelers, which are built in Cambodia.
“The Ministry of Public Works and Transport is committed to lead, to assist, to cooperate with various government agencies and private sectors to push the EVs in order to contribute to the reduction of CO2 in the environment, to ensure that we will meet our objective to help [beat] the carbon neutrality by 2050,” he said.