First shipment of Tesla cars arrive in Thailand

Tesla cars arriving in Thailand
Credit: Fa Ris

Several hundred Tesla Model 3 and Model Y cars have arrived in Thailand, just over one month after orders for the electric sedan and electric SUV opened up in the country for the first time.

On December 7 Tesla held a special event at a mall in Bangkok to kick off the launch of their Design Studio in Thailand. At the time the automaker said the first shipment of cars from Giga Shanghai would arrive in the country in February but it looks like they are running ahead of schedule.

On Thursday photos taken at the Laem Chabang Port located south of Bangkok show several hundred Model 3 sedans and Model Y SUVs sitting in a holding lot after being driven off a cargo ship.

Tesla said the first deliveries in Thailand will begin in Q1 2023. With this early arrival deliveries should begin in February.

All three variants of both the Model 3 and Model Y are available in Thailand, and all have been competitively priced against other EVs in the local market. Although Tesla’s website still shows the same pricing structure as the day of their launch, the company has sent emails to reservation holders that they will receive updated pricing soon, suggesting that their prices will be lowered just like it was in many other markets, but we have to see confirmation of what that new pricing structure is.

The original pricing was apparently very attractive to potential buyers as according to Tesla they received more than 5,000 orders in the first four days after orders opened up.

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