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Tesla steps up recruiting in Thailand as EV competition increases

BANGKOK — Tesla is stepping up recruitment in Thailand, Southeast Asia automotive hub, with the automaker looking to hire a business development manager and recruiters, its website shows.

The job announcements come as demand and interest for EVs in Thailand grows due to concerns over high energy prices and with government incentives given to consumers.

Nearly 20 Bangkok-based jobs including a home charging developer were advertised on its website and the position of a charging infrastructure lead was posted on LinkedIn on Monday.

Other vacancies were for vehicle technicians, customer service and a parts adviser.

Tesla did not immediately respond to a Reuters request for comment.

Thailand is not expected to be a production site for Tesla for now, though the government has been promoting sales of EVs and there is speculation the company might set up official showrooms.

Thailand is Asia’s fourth-largest auto assembly and export hub for companies such as Toyota and Honda.

The country produces about 1.5 million to 2 million vehicles annually, about half of which are exported.

Domestic demand for EVs is a crucial part of a Thai government strategy to preserve its status as a top regional automaker.

The government is targeting production of 725,000 EVs a year, or 30 percent of total vehicle output, by 2030.

Chinese automakers have begun selling EVs in Thailand. Great Wall launched its Ora Good Cat model at the annual auto show for 828,500 baht ($22,600). The company has said it plans to produce the model in Thailand in 2024.

China’s Hozon Auto last month unveiled the Neta V for 549,000 baht ($15,000), matching starting prices for traditional combustion-engine vehicles.

Meanwhile, Indonesian President Joko Widodo in August urged Tesla to manufacture its cars and batteries in his country.

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