Mercedes-Benz dedicated to manufacturing EVs in Thailand – cheaper CKD EQS500 4Matic launched
In keeping with a report by Bloomberg, Mercedes-Benz has dedicated to manufacturing electrical autos (EVs) in Thailand after signing an settlement to import its EVs into the nation.
Beneath the settlement, the German carmaker will profit from decrease import and excise duties for fully-imported EVs by way of 2023, stated Ekniti Nitithanprapas, the director normal of Thailand’s excise division in a latest assertion. He added that the federal government has paid out 81 million baht (about RM10.32 million) in subsidies for round 540 electrical automobiles bought in Thailand to this point.
The settlement additionally binds Mercedes-Benz to assemble EVs in Thailand at its plant within the Samut Prakan province, with the EQS being to first to roll off the road. The model’s flagship EV sedan initially arrived as an imported mannequin supplied in two variants – EQS450+ AMG Premium and EQS450+ Version 1 – priced from 8.57 million baht (about RM1.092 million).
In November this yr, Mercedes-Benz Thailand changed each variants with the EQS500 4Matic AMG Premium that’s domestically assembled and extra inexpensive at 7.9 million baht (about RM1.007 million). The brand new variant made its public debut at this yr’s Thailand Motor Worldwide Motor Expo and gives higher specs and extra tools than the unique duo it replaces.
Thailand is the second market after India to provide the EQS exterior of Germany, with the latter nation’s Pune plant rolling out the EQS580 4Matic since October this yr. As of now, Mercedes-Benz Thailand’s EQ line-up solely consists of the EQS, whereas in Malaysia, we simply welcomed the EQE to hitch the EQA, EQB, EQC and EQS. All 5 offferings are absolutely imported (CBU) from Germany, though native meeting (CKD) is on the best way, as confirmed by Mercedes-Benz Malaysia president and CEO Sagree Sardien.