The Tesla electric car has created buzz around the world. Before exploring the question of when will Tesla Cars arrive in Malaysia, let’s take a look at the who and what behind Tesla. Also, be sure to check out our post all about electric cars in Malaysia here.
About The Company – Tesla Motors
Named after the famous electrical engineer and futurist, Nikola Tesla (b. 1856 – d. 1943), Tesla Motors is a company dedicated to manufacturing completely electric and eco-friendly cars that are as stylish, powerful and luxurious as some of the most conventional cars in the market.
Tesla was founded in 2003 by Marc Tarpenning, Ian Wright, Martin Eberhard, JB Straubel and Elon Musk (Co-Founder of Pay Pal). The company was created with a goal of commercializing the T-Zero AC Propulsion electric cars for the masses. Tesla maintains that its ultimate goal is to produce electric and eco-friendly cars for the general public and the company has been able to get funding from prominent investors like Larry Page (Google Co-Founder), Sergey Brin (Google Co-Founder) and Jeff Skoll (ex-President of eBay).
About Tesla Cars
Tesla cars run on AC motors, and, for those who don’t know, Nikola Tesla was the inventor of the AC motors.
Tesla Roadster was the first automobile Tesla Motors released way back in 2008. This model uses a 70 pound induction motor and can still accelerate from 0 to 60 mph in four seconds. The amazing thing about the Tesla Roadster is that it has a top speed of 130 mph making it much faster than electric cars produced by other companies. The company has now stopped production of the Tesla Roadster, as it plans on launching a new model soon. Tesla Roadsters, when in production, was sold in over 30 countries worldwide and models are still available in some parts of Asia, but not Malaysia, and Europe until stocks run out.
Tesla Model S is the company’s second car and was launched in 2009. Like the Tesla Roadster, the Model S uses a lithium-ion battery pack to store energy, although the specifications vary. While the Roadster was manufactured to be a sports car, the Model S is a sports sedan. The latest offering from the company is the Tesla Model X, which is a sport utility vehicle and the first prototype of the Model X was revealed on 9th February, 2012.
All Tesla vehicles are manufactured in and shipped from the company’s manufacturing plant in Fremont, California. So far Tesla Cars are sold only from select locations in the U.S.A., Europe and Asia.
Where are the Tesla Stores Located Around the World?
Below we’ve listed the Tesla Stores by country location. Unfortunately, there are no Tesla stores in Malaysia.
- United States
- Belgium (coming soon)
- Great Britain
- Hong Kong
So, When is the Arrival of Tesla Cars in Malaysia?
Back to our original question regarding when will Tesla Cars arrive in Malaysia. Unfortunately, Tesla Cars are not yet available for sale in Malaysia; there are no Tesla dealers or resellers in Malaysia. They also will not specially export cars to Malaysia. When I emailed Tesla Motors to enquire about purchasing a Tesla Car in Malaysia, they replied with the following message:
Thank you for your interest. We currently do not sell vehicles in your market. Additionally, we do not support exportation. All of our cars are market specific due to many variables including homologation and charging. Customer experience is a big part of our business, so we are careful to only sell in markets where we can provide great service and an amazing customer experience. We are currently focused on building out our existing markets before considering any new ones. If we were to open a location in your area, it would be a Tesla owned and operated store. Please stay tuned to our website for updates about future Tesla owned locations.
Tesla Motors” – Saturday, 18 May 2013
The closest Tesla Store to open near Malaysia was actually in Singapore. Sadly, Tesla Motors shut the Singapore store, supposedly due to financial reasons. Hopefully, Tesla Motors will take action to open a store in Malaysia, as Malaysia does offer full tax exemption on electric cars below 2,000 cc.
Tesla Motors already gave Malaysia a taste of the Tesla Roadster by bringing and displaying the car in Malaysia. With the Malaysian government showing a keen interest in promoting energy efficient and eco-friendly cars, hopefully, Tesla could target the Malaysian market next.
If Tesla Motors sold their cars in Malaysia, would you buy one? Why or why not? Post a thought in the comments below.
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