In a major move towards sustainable energy, Tesla, the renowned electric car brand, today launched the all-new Model Y, its inaugural model in Malaysia, thus expanding its global footprint.
The event, held at Pavilion Kuala Lumpur, featured the grand unveiling of this latest electric sports utility vehicle (SUV), marking a significant milestone for the automobile manufacturer. Tesla’s regional director, Isabel Fan, could not contain her enthusiasm at the event, articulating how the Model Y encapsulates the pivotal role Tesla has undertaken in accelerating the transition to sustainable energy.
“Tesla’s vision extends beyond just being a car manufacturer. We’re pioneering as an energy solution,” said Fan, highlighting Tesla’s commitment to broadening access to sustainable technology.
Since its inception, Tesla has successfully delivered four million vehicles worldwide, with 1.3 million units distributed in the previous year alone. “Currently, our four global manufacturing facilities have an annual production capacity of two million vehicles,” Fan shared, reflecting Tesla’s impressive growth.
The regional director expressed gratitude towards the Malaysian government for their support, facilitating Tesla’s venture into the Malaysian market. In a nod to the government’s announcement, Fan confirmed the company’s intention to set up headquarters in Cyberjaya, Malaysia.
The automobile titan also plans to recruit local talent to join their team in Malaysia, fostering a mutually beneficial relationship that would facilitate knowledge transfer. Fan’s announcement underscores Tesla’s dedication to contributing to a zero-emission and greener future for Malaysia.
Further solidifying its commitment to the nation, Fan elaborated on Tesla’s comprehensive development plan for Malaysia. This includes the establishment of an experience centre, dedicated service and support, and the development of charging infrastructure.
In the pipeline are twelve supercharger stations along the North-South Expressway. Fan also revealed the country’s first indoor charging station at Pavilion Kuala Lumpur, equipped with eight superchargers, set to transform the electric vehicle charging landscape.
With prices starting from RM199,000, Tesla anticipates customer deliveries of the Model Y to commence in early 2024. Fan, however, refrained from revealing the volume of pre-orders received from the Malaysian market.
In alignment with Malaysia’s initiatives to promote low-carbon mobility and support the electric vehicle industry, Tesla customers will reap the benefits of full import and excise duties exemption for newly registered zero-emission vehicles. Additional incentives include 100% road tax exemption and individual income tax relief of up to RM2,500 for EV charging facilities for the assessment year of 2023.
The launch event saw the presence of Investment, Trade, and Industry deputy minister, Liew Chin Tong, adding prestige to this momentous occasion.