Prayut impressed by Swiss envoy's electric car, takes a test drive

Prayut impressed by Swiss envoy's electric car, takes a test drive

Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha takes a test drive in the Swiss envoy's Mini Cooper EV at Government House, Bangkok, on Wednesday. (Photos supplied)
Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha takes a test drive in the Swiss envoy's Mini Cooper EV at Government House, Bangkok, on Wednesday. (Photos supplied)

Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha appeared to be impressed by the electric car that carried Swiss ambassador Helene Budliger Artierda to Government House on Wednesday, asking first for a ride and then for a test drive.

The Swiss ambassador visited Gen Prayut to say farewell upon the completion of her posting to Thailand.

After going through the formalities, Gen Prayut walked Mrs Artierda to the front of the Thai Khufa building, to see her off.

There, the prime minister saw the red Mini Cooper waiting to take Mrs Artierda back to the embassy. He expressed an interest in the vehicle and asked for information about it.

After learning that it was an electric car powered by clean energy, he quickly asked for a ride.

The embassy's driver took him around the front yard. Then Gen Prayut asked for a test drive.

This time he took the wheel, with the Swiss ambassador sitting at his side. He drove around, waving to news reporters and photographers. He was obviously impressed by it.

The ambassador and embassy officials left in the same vehicle after the farewell.


Do you like the content of this article?
COMMENT (16)

Thailand improves in corruption survey

Thailand has improved by nine places to 101st out of 180 countries in the 2022 Corruption Perceptions Index from 110th in 2021, Transparency International (TI) said on Tuesday.

31 Jan 2023

Anutin posters cause a stir

The Pheu Thai Party on Tuesday joined a call for the Election Commission (EC) to look into posters erected at many state-run hospitals depicting Public Health Minister Anutin Charnvirakul.

31 Jan 2023

Court lets 'Pinky' remove electronic tag

Actress Savika “Pinky” Chaiyadej on Tuesday won approval from the Criminal Court to remove an electronic monitoring (EM) device she was required to wear after her release from jail on Nov 30 last year.

31 Jan 2023