The Tesla Model 3 was the second best-selling electric vehicle (EV) in Thailand last year, second only to the MG ZS EV.
According to data compiled by EV Plaza, the top five selling EVs were:
- MG ZS EV – 1,066 units
- Tesla Model 3 – 222 units
- Porsche Taycan – 194 units
- FOMM One – 109 units
- Mini Cooper SE – 83 units
This is a bit of a surprise as Tesla is not officially in Thailand yet. This means owners had to buy their vehicles outside of the country and import them into Thailand.
However, on the EV side of the automotive industry, Thai drivers are still learning to adopt the EV and plug-in hybrid concept.
In 2020, only 1,056 EV models were sold in the country.
On the positive side the Thai EV market grew by 364 per cent in 2021, with 3,994 units sold.
This is a substantial increase, but EVs still only account for 0.5 per cent of the total vehicles sold in Thailand.
One of the primary reasons for the slow adaption is the extremely high import tax in the country.
The Thai government placed a 200 per cent import tax on vehicles to protect Thai manufacturers.