It appears that Tesla is officially setting foot in Thailand, after its registration documents with the Kingdom’s Ministry of Commerce were leaked on social media.
According to a Twitter user, Tesla Thailand is registered for sale “new passenger vehicles, pick-up trucks, vans and similar light motor vehicles”. It is unknown at this time what he will do after leaving the post.
In January 2021, Feinstein was appointed director of Tesla India, but the automaker has yet to make its official entry into the world’s second most populous country. This is because Tesla is still lobbying for lower import taxes, but the Indian government is pressuring it to make promises at local rallies.
Tesla Coming to Thailand (Reg. 4/25)! In the filing, the first name is David John Feinstein, Global Senior Director of Tesla Trade Market Access, who was appointed Director of Tesla India in January 2021. Thanks, @ Elnmask ?? Can we make a giga factory? pic.twitter.com/wUykL5YMyd
– Ekapobkul (apekapobkul) May 24, 2022
Meanwhile, Tesla is touring the area to set up shop. So far, Indonesia seems to be the most promising market – negotiations have been going on for some time, and the American carmaker seems to have agreed to build a battery and EV plant in an industrial complex in the province of Central Java.
The Indonesian government has not yet made an official announcement, but said Tesla would enter the market sometime this year. So far, Singapore is the only ASEAN country with Tesla’s official retail presence.
There is no word on Malaysia’s retail presence, but the purpose is to establish supercharger sites, probably to support Singapore’s Tesla vehicles running on Malaysian roads.