Thai PM Srettha Thavisin checks out Tesla Cybertruck in Fremont, discusses future collaborations on EVs

Thai PM Srettha Thavisin checks out Tesla Cybertruck in Fremont, discusses future collaborations on EVs

Tesla’s Fremont factory has welcomed a few VIPs lately, with the most recent being Thailand prime minster Srettha Thavisin, who is on an official visit to the United States. Srettha previously visited New York in September for the United Nations general assembly, and spent some time on the side to have talks with Tesla CEO Elon Musk on the electric vehicle (EV) industry.

During his Fremont visit, Srettha toured the factory and even explored the Cybertruck with Lars Moravy, Tesla’s vice president of vehicle engineering. The first units of the fully electric pick-up truck will be delivered to customers during a special event set to take place at the end of this month.

In a post on his official X (formerly Twitter) page, Srettha said “great discussions” were held on future collaborations on EVs and clean energy. “It is my hope that this collaboration will cement Thailand as the hub for EV and renewable energy in the years to come. Look forward to seeing more Tesla presence in our home country, Elon Musk,” he wrote.

It’s no surprise that Thailand is focused on growing its EV industry, offering incentives to companies and providing tax cuts to local EV buyers. In terms of Teslas, both the Model 3 and Model Y are open for booking in the country with prices ranging from 1.559 million to 2.299 million baht (RM207k to RM306k).

India is another country where Tesla will invest in, and before Srettha, Piyush Goyal, India’s country’s minister of commerce and industry, paid a visit to the Fremont factory. Indonesia also said in August that Tesla will invest in battery materials productions in the country, while investments in Malaysia have seen the setting up of a Supercharger network, Experience Centres, a head office in Cyberjaya as well as the launch of the Model 3 and Model Y.

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Gerard Lye

Originating from the corporate world with a background in finance and economics, Gerard’s strong love for cars led him to take the plunge into the automotive media industry. It was only then did he realise that there are more things to a car than just horsepower count.



  • PHBN Korup on Nov 20, 2023 at 2:52 pm

    Where is our PM?

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    • Parti Kelentong Rakyat on Nov 20, 2023 at 6:50 pm

      Apa la sangat panjat lori? PMX kita nak ambik gambar panjat kapal terbang

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  • Rafizi sembang kencang on Nov 20, 2023 at 2:53 pm

    Congratulations Thai people. U got great PM

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  • Ex Anwar Supporter on Nov 20, 2023 at 2:55 pm

    Meanwhile in our country………

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    • Shame on you NO nationalism unpatriotic on Nov 20, 2023 at 7:17 pm

      Meanwhile in your country so many busybody unpatriotic action by raising a foreign flag in the name of solidarity.

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  • Bobby on Nov 20, 2023 at 5:14 pm

    Government is in war trying to get Tesla over here. Considering Malaysia has electronic and car producer, we have lots of advantages.

    But Anwar need to act rigorously just to show them we are sincere. finally their consideration would be cost, attraction, population market share.

    Thai has been successful for Japanese car maker, and they see Japan is coming down, and would strive their best for EV as this is the near future

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  • So.. Next month which country head meet Elon? All claim to open factory in their country

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  • ChupaChup on Nov 20, 2023 at 11:49 pm

    Panel gaps so big Musk can put his cock through them and have ASEAN leaders on the other end waiting to suck it.

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  • PM the best on Nov 21, 2023 at 2:01 am

    Jgn tanya soalan susah! PM masih sibuk dgn isu² lain, u noe I noe, brother is more important than the EV future of Bolehland. Salute!

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