Tesla has announced that its latest all-electric SUV, Model Y, is now available to order in Malaysia on its website.

Model Y, a mid-size SUV, is the best-selling all-electric SUV in the world and one of the safest cars on the road, Tesla said, adding that the estimated delivery date will be in early 2024.

“As part of Malaysia’s commitment to promoting the adoption of low-carbon mobility and supporting the development of the electric vehicle (EV) industry, customers can enjoy full import and excise duties exemption for newly registered zero-emission Tesla electric vehicles (Completely Built-up electric vehicles) along with 100 percent road tax exemption,” the company said in a statement.

Tesla owners may also claim individual income tax relief of up to MYR2,500 on expenses related to the cost of installation, rental, purchase, including hire-purchase equipment or subscription fees for EV charging facilities, for the assessment year of 2023. Tesla’s entry into the Malaysian market also came after more Chinese EV makers such as BYD are setting up shop here as the country builds more charging facilities for EV.

Malaysian Prime Minister Anwar Ibrahim on Friday (Jul 14) said that electric vehicle company Tesla will set up its head office in Cyberjaya this year. The announcement came after Anwar met Tesla Founder and Chief Executive Officer Elon Musk via a virtual meeting earlier on Friday.

In a statement, Anwar said he welcomes the interest and investment decisions of Tesla in Malaysia, as well as Musk’s willingness to come to Malaysia.

“I also congratulate and appreciate the government’s support for the opening of the headquarters, service center, and Tesla Experience Center owned by Elon in Selangor this year,” he added.

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