Malaysia to allow imports of 100 Tesla electric cars

By A JALIL HAMID - 18 February 2016 @ 3:03 PM

PALO ALTO (Calif): The government has agreed to allow the importation of 100 units of Tesla electric cars on duty-free basis as part of efforts to promote electric vehicles (EV) and cut carbon emission.

Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak said this after a visit to the luxury electric-car maker and battery company Tesla Motors Inc. headquarters here.

“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 told reporters.

“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,” he said.

Najib said the 100 units would be duty-exempted.

Government officials said Tesla may restrict the purchase to government-linked companies.

Details will be ironed out with the U.S. carmaker.

Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak visits Tesla's headquarters in Palo Alto, California. Najib says has agreed to allow the importation of 100 units of Tesla electric cars on duty-free basis as part of efforts to promote electric vehicles (EV) and cut carbon emission.