Thailand, the Detroit of Asia now wants a shot at EVs

IN 1961, a boxy sedan called the Ford Cortina kicked off Thailand’s auto industry with local workers assembling the cars using parts shipped from Britain.

A few years later, Toyota Motor Corp and Nissan Motor Co set up factories, launching a decades-long expansion that made the country Asia’s third-largest – and the world’s No. 10 – auto manufacturer. That position earned Thailand the moniker “the Detroit of Asia,” and with it came a comprehensive supply chain to feed the production of traditional internal combustion engines.

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