Earlier this week, Prime Minister Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri invited Tesla to visit Malaysia as a production center for his EVs. While it remains to be seen whether anything will actually come out of it, the American carmaker has hinted that it is open to having an official presence here even if it is not at the vehicle-related level.
According to Arham Abdul Rahman, CEO of the Malaysian Investment Development Authority (MIDA), the focus is on infrastructural development. In a tweet, he said Tesla met with Hassan Nazar, head of federal policy in Washington, to get a better idea of the company’s vision and expansion plans in the Asia-Pacific region.
It is learned that the immediate interest of the company is to set up a fast charging station in Malaysia, and is willing to discuss the matter further, Arham said in his tweet. He added that it was “consistent with the market entry strategy because of the concerns in the fast-charging EV ecosystem.”
Establishing a supercharger network will not only increase the number of DC fast charging points in the country, but also expand Tesla’s ability to provide users in Singapore, where it is officially present, with faster charging access outside the island republic. Users must pay to charge from the network, if it reaches here.
Supercharger available in Singapore, the first V3 unit – with CCS connector – installed last year. Capable of delivering power up to 250 kW, the unit reduces the average charging time to just 15 minutes. Currently, Tesla’s charging network has more than 25,000 chargers in more than 2,700 locations around the world.