WHY MALAYSIANS WON’T BE ABLE TO BUY A TESLA ANY TIME SOON

New Straits Times - - Cars Bikes And Trucks - Gas-pow­ered cars. The Nor­we­gians and the Dutch are work­ing to­wards achiev­ing the same goal. Even In­dia re­cently con­firmed that it was eval­u­at­ing such a scheme. If Malaysia doesn’t want to get left be­hind, it has to start think­ing deep and hard about its p

ARMAN AH­MAD cbt@nst. com. my

AT a pre­sen­ta­tion by Green­tech Malaysia ear­lier this week, chief ex­ec­u­tive of­fi­cer Ah­mad Hadri Haris re­vealed the pro­gramme to pro­mote green tech­nol­ogy this year.

He also gave a lit­tle in­sight into why elec­tric car man­u­fac­tur­ers like Tesla have yet to set foot in Malaysia.

Green­tech has im­ported about 100 Tes­las since 2015, leas­ing them to gov­ern­ment agen­cies and com­pa­nies to pro­mote EVs.

It is not an of­fi­cial dis­trib­u­tor of Tesla ve­hi­cles.

Ah­mad Hadri said Malaysia needed to cre­ate the right en­vi­ron­ment so that man­u­fac­tur­ers of EVs and hy­brids could thrive.

“Tesla asked us three ques­tions. First of all, whether there is pref­er­en­tial treat­ment for EVs. Se­condly, do we have the ecosys­tem, and thirdly, does green tech­nol­ogy have good vis­i­bil­ity and aware­ness among the pub­lic,” said Ah­mad Hadri.

He added that while the last two cri­te­ria had been ad­dressed in some form or other, the first was the most chal­leng­ing.

To date, the Malaysian gov­ern­ment has given no firm in­di­ca­tion whether hy­brid and EV in­cen­tives will go on be­yond 2017.

Lo­cal dis­trib­u­tors of au­to­mo­biles face an up­hill chal­lenge in con­vinc­ing their re­spec­tive prin­ci­pals on the vi­a­bil­ity of in­tro­duc­ing such mod­els here.

In the au­to­mo­bile world, this un­cer­tainty is a show­stop­per for fu­ture model in­tro­duc­tions.

If the gov­ern­ment is se­ri­ous about in­tro­duc­ing elec­tric cars and other more ef­fi­cient and cleaner forms of mo­bil­ity, it has to move fast.

Around the world, gov­ern­ments are work­ing hard to re­duce emis­sions from ve­hi­cles.

Ger­many has set an of­fi­cial dead­line in 2030 to be­come the first coun­try to ban

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