Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak recently visited Tesla Motors’ headquarters in California and subsequently announced that, through a special scheme, 100 units of Tesla Model S will be imported to Malaysia. “This is to create a more sustainable environment,” he said.
The Model S is Tesla’s most popular model (last year it won the world’s best selling plug-in EV award), leading the premium luxury full-electric vehicle segment in many markets. Najib’s aim is to promote zero-emission cars in Malaysia, and all 100 units bound for Malaysia will be duty-free.
There’s a number of variations for the Model S since its inception in 2012. But currently, Tesla is offering the 70kWh and 90kWh models.
Its flagship is the P90D model; an all-wheel driven, dual-motor setup that produce close to 700 hp juiced by a huge 90kWh battery pack. The P90D manages the century sprint in an amazing 2.8 seconds while boasting a cruising range of over 400km per charge. That said, the Model S isn’t cheap at all, costing upwards of USD100,000 in the United States.
Even with the duty-free Model S, we will be forking a great deal of money to own one. But no, we can’t, because all 100 units will be restricted to Government-Linked Companies. Boo-hoo.
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