After rounds of speculation and rumours, we’ve now finally got confirmation that Tesla will be making an official entry into Malaysia. The news comes from the Minister of International Trade and Industry, Tengku Datuk Seri Zafrul Abdul Aziz, through his social media postings earlier today.
According to Tengku Zafrul, Tesla will be establishing an office here in Malaysia, alongside its Tesla Experience (showrooms) and service centres, as well as a Supercharger DC fast charging network. Tesla is the first applicant under the ministry’s new BEV Global Leaders initiative, which was aimed at increasing BEV demand in the local market, he added.
The press release states that Tesla will be importing its vehicles into Malaysia. While there are no further details on MITI’s BEV Global Leaders initiative, we believe it includes a different regulatory process for these companies to obtain vehicle import approval permits (AP) – particularly as Tesla Sdn Bhd is wholly internationally owned by Tesla International BV.
Last month, SSM data revealed that the company has recently changed its official business name from Tesla Services Sdn Bhd to Tesla Sdn Bhd, with a revised nature of business that includes retail of new vehicles, as well as vehicle maintenance and repairs.
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