Tesla arrives in Thailand, and its cars are close behind

Tesla Model 3. Image: Tesla
Tesla Model 3. Image: Tesla

Two Tesla EVs can now be reserved from the automaker in Thailand, weeks before they are expected to hit the road.

The Tesla Model 3 and Model Y can both be reserved online for expected delivery in the first quarter of 2023. The Model 3 sedan is priced at THB1.76 million ($50,000) and the Model Y SUV runs THB1.96 million ($56,000), the automaker announced last night.

Two other cars unveiled were the Model X, a midsize luxury model with double-hinged wing doors, and the Model S, Tesla’s signature liftback auto. Interested drivers can stay tuned for updates from the Tesla website.

Tesla launched in Thailand last night at an event held at the Siam Paragon shopping mall. The company, led by Twitter CEO Elon Musk, will supply the vehicles from its factory in Shanghai. It plans to launch 10 supercharging stations throughout the country alongside the vehicles.

While fuel-based cars continue to dominate the automotive industry in Thailand, EVs are gaining popularity, with about 7,000 EVs registered in the first 10 months of 2022, according to the Thailand Automotive Institute. Last year, only 2,000 EVs were registered.

Apart from the four vehicles unveiled, the website also lists the Cybertruck, famous for Musk’s breaking of its allegedly “unbreakable” windows at its 2019 launch. Who will be ready to live out their Cyberpunk dreams?

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