By TASSANEE VEJPONGSA and TIAN McLEOD JI
BANGKOK (AP) — Tesla has launched sales in Thailand, offering its popular Model 3 and Model Y at prices aimed at competing with rivals such as China’s BYD. The company held a glitzy display of its plans on Wednesday at Bangkok’s Siam Paragon shopping mall. Online shopping has begun, with plans to deliver vehicles to buyers in the first quarter of next year. The Southeast Asian market of more than 600 million consumers is increasingly a focus for automakers looking to expand sales, especially of electric vehicles. Still, Thailand remains primarily a land of gasoline, diesel and LPG vehicles, even as a nationwide network of charging stations expands.