After completing her term in Thailand, Helene Budliger Artierda, the Swiss ambassador, paid a farewell visit to Thai PM Prayut Chan-o-cha at Government House. Helene came to visit Prayut in an electric-powered red Mini Cooper, which caught the PM’s attention during their conversation.
Just before the Swiss ambassador could head back to the embassy, Prayut asked about the car. He liked it so much that he asked for a quick spin around the block.
It didn’t stop there, Prayut asked if he could drive the car. Once he took over the driver’s seat, Helene sat in the passenger seat.
He waved to journalists, reporters, and photographers as he drove around.
After saying their farewells, the Swiss ambassador and other entourage left in PM Prayut Chan-o-cha’s new favourite car.
The Thai PM wants to establish Thailand’s status as a major SE Asian hub for the production of cars, including electric vehicles. Thailand is currently the tenth-largest automobile manufacturer in the world (OICA 2021).
In the next year, Thailand plans to domestically build more EVs and their parts.
SOURCE: Bangkok Post
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