Foxconn Strikes Multibillion-Dollar EV Pact With PTT in Thailand

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Foxconn Technology Group struck a multibillion-dollar electric-vehicle partnership in Thailand, its latest move to expand in the fast-growing industry at a time more tech companies including Apple Inc. are looking to bulk up their automotive muscle.

The Taiwanese electronics giant and Thailand’s state-owned conglomerate PTT Pcl will collaborate on hardware and software for producing EVs, according to a statement from the companies Monday. About $1 billion will be invested in the venture initially, rising to a possible $2 billion at a later stage, PTT said.

Thailand’s government is prioritizing the EV industry and wants to maintain the country’s leadership in automotive manufacturing and exports, Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-Ocha said at an event to mark the occasion. Such a focus will also help Thailand reduce its greenhouse gas emissions, he said.

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