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Tesla in Thailand Electric Vehicle, Battery Factory Talks

Thailand is already Southeast Asia’s leading carmaker and exporter, and has ambitions to become the region’s main EV hub too

Tesla's Model 3 is displayed during an event a day ahead of the official opening of the 2023 Munich Auto Show IAA Mobility, in Munich, Germany, September 4, 2023. REUTERS


US electric vehicle (EV) maker Tesla is in talks with Thailand’s government over building a production facility in the country, an official from the prime minister’s office said on Monday.

The Thai government has offered Tesla, which conducted a site survey late last year, 100% green energy to run the facility that could produce EVs or batteries, Supakorn Congsomjit told reporters.


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Thailand is Southeast Asia’s largest car producer and exporter, and has ambitions to become the main EV production hub in the region.

The country has already drawn over $1.44 billion in investment commitments from Chinese EV producers.


  • Reuters with additional editing by Sean O’Meara


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Sean O'Meara

Sean O'Meara is an Editor at Asia Financial. He has been a newspaper man for more than 30 years, working at local, regional and national titles in the UK as a writer, sub-editor, page designer and print editor. A football, cricket and rugby fan, he has a particular interest in sports finance.


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