BMW may Build an Electric-Car Battery Factory in Thailand

German carmaker BMW is considering building a new plug-in hybrid vehicle battery factory in Thailand, the country’s industry minister said on Friday.

Construction was likely to start in the middle of next year with an investment of 2 billion baht ($57 million), Industry Minister Atchaka Sibunruang said, adding that the factory would make hybrid vehicles more affordable for Thai consumers.

A spokesman for BMW in Thailand said the company was not immediately able to comment on the investment but would issue a statement on Monday.

Atchaka said the Thai government was working with BMW to offer tax incentives in order to make the country a center for plug-in hybrid vehicles.

Thailand is a regional production and export hub for the world’s top carmakers, and the sector accounts for around 10 percent of the country’s gross domestic product.

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