Kuala Lumpur/Palo Alto: Good news for the eco-friendly car enthusiasts in the country as the Malaysian government has agreed to import 100 units Tesla Cars, including the widely popular Tesla Model S in Malaysia. As per the government, this car will be imported on a duty-free basis so as to promote the awareness of electric vehicles (EV) in Malaysia, thus reducing carbon emission.
The import of Tesla Model S is said to be conducted by Malaysian Green Technology Corporation (GreenTech Malaysia). Thus, it is sad to report that the car will be available in a very limited number of 100 units and that too will be exclusively provided to government-linked companies (GLCs) on a two-year lease scheme. Further details will be revealed by the Tesla Malaysia from its headquarters in the US.
Prime Minister, Datuk Seri Najib Razak recently visited the Tesla Motor Inc. Headquarters and was quite excited to take a test drive of the Model S and Model X. He said after the visit, “We want to create a more sustainable environment. Tesla is a leader in electric vehicles and they have achieved many milestones with the Model S.” He further added, “Malaysia has decided to promote electric vehicles under a special programme where the government will allow imports of 100 units of Model S, premium electric sedans. These cars have zero-emission. We would like to promote such cars in Malaysia.”
Prime Minister Najib also tried out the six-seater Tesla Model X and was highly impressed with the capabilities of the car. The unbelievable acceleration of the Model X amused the Prime Minister as well. He said, “I tried out the six-seater X model. Its capabilities are really extraordinary and the display on the fully digital panel is very sophisticated. I couldn’t get onto the highway, but that is a powerful car. It is a very fast car with acceleration from zero to 100km in three seconds.”
He further confirmed that the Tesla users in Malaysia, for now, will only be the GLCs. So, personally owning a Tesla Model S as a common consumer in Malaysia, seems like a dream for now. However, you can obviously enjoy watching the car on Malaysian streets soon as the car was spotted earlier undergoing road tests in Malaysia.